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[hahy-pos-tuh-tahyz, hi-]
verb (used with object), hy·pos·ta·tized, hy·pos·ta·tiz·ing.
  1. to treat or regard (a concept, idea, etc.) as a distinct substance or reality.
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Also especially British, hy·pos·ta·tise.

Origin of hypostatize

1820–30; < Greek hypostat(ós) (see hypostatic) + -ize
Related formshy·pos·ta·ti·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for hypostatise

Historical Examples

  • When we attempt to conceive it as a reality, we “hypostatise the zero.”

    The Philosophy of the Conditioned

    H. L. Mansel

British Dictionary definitions for hypostatise



verb (tr)
  1. to regard or treat as real
  2. to embody or personify
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Derived Formshypostatization or hypostatisation, noun
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