I heard this word years ago and can't seem to dig it out of my brain or search engines.
Specifically, the conversation was about the type of people who move from the city out to a rural town to escape, but instead they immediately start trying to change the town into the city they left. This could be minor like how they decorate their lawn, or larger, like starting an impractical business or getting into politics.
My friend was using it judgmentally, but I don't really know if the word itself has a negative connotation.
It's sort of long, and I think it could be used in a context like this:
Brian just moved here from Toronto, and he's already trying to ________ the village.
But I'm not 100% sure. If you can think of any words that don't quite fit that sentence I'd still appreciate hearing them!
The closest in meaning I can think of is "co-opt", but that isn't it.
Edit: I feel like I should add that I have never heard this word outside of this specific context. It's not a very common word as far as I can tell.