adjectivize

[ aj-ik-ti-vahyz ]
/ ˈædʒ ɪk tɪˌvaɪz /

verb (used with object), ad·jec·tiv·ized, ad·jec·tiv·iz·ing.

Grammar. to make into an adjective, as by adding a suffix: The noun mirth can be adjectivized by adding -ful or -less to form the adjectives mirthful and mirthless.
to apply adjectives to; describe: He tends to adjectivize himself as loyal and trustworthy, but that is far from accurate.

verb (used without object), ad·jec·tiv·ized, ad·jec·tiv·iz·ing.

to overdescribe: She adjectivizes in agonizing detail, using three adjectives where even one would be superfluous.

Nearby words

  1. adjective,
  2. adjective clause,
  3. adjective phrase,
  4. adjective pronoun,
  5. adjectively,
  6. adjigo,
  7. adjoin,
  8. adjoining,
  9. adjoint,
  10. adjoint differential equation

Also especially British, ad·jec·tiv·ise.

Origin of adjectivize


Related formsad·jec·tiv·i·za·tion, noun

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