[ hahy-pos-tuh-tahyz, hi- ]
/ haɪˈpɒs təˌtaɪz, hɪ- /

verb (used with object), hy·pos·ta·tized, hy·pos·ta·tiz·ing.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM hypostatize

hy·pos·ta·ti·za·tion, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for hypostatization

  • Indeed, for him, God would seem to be merely a focus imaginarius of Life and Spirit, a "hypostatization" of la duree.

    Bergson and His Philosophy|J. Alexander Gunn

British Dictionary definitions for hypostatization



/ (haɪˈpɒstəˌtaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to regard or treat as real
to embody or personify

Derived forms of hypostatize

hypostatization or hypostatisation, noun
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