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[stahy-lahyz] /ˈstaɪ laɪz/
verb (used with object), stylized, stylizing.
to design in or cause to conform to a particular style, as of representation or treatment in art; conventionalize.
Also, especially British, stylise.
Origin of stylize
First recorded in 1895-1900; style + -ize
Related forms
stylization, noun
stylizer, noun
nonstylization, noun
nonstylized, adjective
unstylized, adjective Unabridged
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  • The patterns are all stylized, designs copied from nature being rare.

  • The design was clean and elegant, stylized after the Egyptian manner.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • By its very nature, graphic art tends to be abstract and stylized.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • The figure with the stylized jackal head was Anubis, the god of death.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Maybe the stylized representation of native plants and animals.

    Key Out of Time Andre Alice Norton
British Dictionary definitions for stylized


(transitive) to give a conventional or established stylistic form to
Derived Forms
stylization, stylisation, noun
stylizer, styliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for stylized



1898 (implied in stylized), from style (n.) + -ize. Perhaps a translation of German stilisieren.

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