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[sahy-kol-uh-jahyz] /saɪˈkɒl əˌdʒaɪz/
verb (used without object), psychologized, psychologizing.
to make psychological investigations or speculations, especially those that are naive or uninformed.
Also, especially British, psychologise.
Origin of psychologize
First recorded in 1820-30; psycholog(y) + -ize
Related forms
psychologizer, noun
overpsychologize, verb, overpsychologized, overpsychologizing. Unabridged
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verb (intransitive)
to make interpretations of behaviour and mental processes
to carry out investigation in the field of psychology
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psychologize in Medicine

psychologize psy·chol·o·gize (sī-kŏl'ə-jīz')
v. psy·chol·o·gized, psy·chol·o·giz·ing, psy·chol·o·giz·es

  1. To explain behavior in psychological terms.

  2. To investigate, reason, or speculate in psychological terms.

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