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[kuh n-ven-shuh-nl-ahyz]
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verb (used with object), con·ven·tion·al·ized, con·ven·tion·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make conventional.
  2. Art. to represent in a conventional manner.
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Also especially British, con·ven·tion·al·ise.

Origin of conventionalize

First recorded in 1850–55; conventional + -ize
Related formscon·ven·tion·al·i·za·tion, noun
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Related Words

pigeonhole, systematize, standardize, dub, institutionalize, catalogue, regulate, define, normalize, typecast, conventionalize, methodize

Examples from the Web for conventionalize

Historical Examples

  • 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 (tr)
  1. to make conventional
  2. to simplify or stylize (a design, decorative device, etc)
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Derived Formsconventionalization or conventionalisation, noun
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