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intellectualize

[in-tl-ek-choo-uh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), in·tel·lec·tu·al·ized, in·tel·lec·tu·al·iz·ing.
  1. to seek or consider the rational content or form of.
  2. to make intellectual.
  3. to analyze (something) intellectually or rationally.
  4. to ignore the emotional or psychological significance of (an action, feeling, dream, etc.) by an excessively intellectual or abstract explanation.
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verb (used without object), in·tel·lec·tu·al·ized, in·tel·lec·tu·al·iz·ing.
  1. to talk or write intellectually; reason; philosophize: to intellectualize about world problems.
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Also especially British, in·tel·lec·tu·al·ise.

Origin of intellectualize

First recorded in 1810–20; intellectual + -ize
Related formsin·tel·lec·tu·al·i·za·tion, nounin·tel·lec·tu·al·iz·er, nouno·ver·in·tel·lec·tu·al·i·za·tion, nouno·ver·in·tel·lec·tu·al·ize, verb, o·ver·in·tel·lec·tu·al·ized, o·ver·in·tel·lec·tu·al·iz·ing.sem·i-in·tel·lec·tu·al·ized, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The bent of Sir Joshua's mind was to elevate, to dignify, to intellectualize.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 53, No. 331, May, 1843

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British Dictionary definitions for intellectualize

intellectualize

intellectualise

verb
  1. to make or become intellectual
  2. (tr) to treat or consider in an intellectual way; rationalize
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Derived Formsintellectualization or intellectualisation, nounintellectualizer or intellectualiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for intellectualize

v.

1819, from intellectual + -ize. Related: Intellectualized; intellectualizing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

intellectualize in Medicine

intellectualize

(ĭn′tl-ĕkchōō-ə-līz′)
v.
  1. To furnish a rational structure or meaning for.
  2. To engage in intellectualization.
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