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[kuh n-ven-shuh-nl-ahyz] /kənˈvɛn ʃə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), conventionalized, conventionalizing.
to make conventional.
Art. to represent in a conventional manner.
Also, especially British, conventionalise.
Origin of conventionalize
First recorded in 1850-55; conventional + -ize
Related forms
conventionalization, noun Unabridged
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  • I'll just make studies now, and this winter I'll conventionalize them and work them into patterns.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
  • They're just going to disorganize me, conventionalize me completely.

    This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • We do not separate the features as frequently as did that ancient people, but we conventionalize them as often.

British Dictionary definitions for conventionalize


verb (transitive)
to make conventional
to simplify or stylize (a design, decorative device, etc)
Derived Forms
conventionalization, conventionalisation, noun
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