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[ fik-shuh-nl-ahyz ]
/ ˈfɪk ʃə nlˌaɪz /

verb (used with object), fic·tion·al·ized, fic·tion·al·iz·ing.

to make into fiction; give a somewhat imaginative or fictional version of: to fictionalize a biography.

Nearby words

fict., fictile, fiction, fictional, fictionalization, fictionalize, fictioneer, fictionist, fictionize, fictitious, fictitious force
Also especially British, fic·tion·al·ise. Also fictionize.

Origin of fictionalize

First recorded in 1920–25; fictional + -ize
Related formsfic·tion·al·i·za·tion, nounfic·tion·al·iz·er, nounsem·i·fic·tion·al·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for fictionalization



/ (ˈfɪkʃənəˌlaɪz) /


(tr) to make into fiction or give a fictional aspect to
Derived Formsfictionalization or fictionalisation, noun
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