- to talk or write intellectually; reason; philosophize: to intellectualize about world problems.
Also especially British, in·tel·lec·tu·al·ise.
Origin of intellectualize
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Examples from the Web for intellectualise
The Marching Men Movement was never a thing to intellectualise.Marching Men
At this point it is already difficult not to intellectualise the whole process.
Makers of new aristocracies are still, however, apt to intellectualise.
Yet could we sit and moralise, and intellectualise, for hours at this window, nor hear the striking clock.Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2
The politician, however, is still apt to intellectualise impulse as completely as the schoolmaster did fifty years ago.
- to make or become intellectual
- (tr) to treat or consider in an intellectual way; rationalize
Word Origin and History for intellectualise
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To furnish a rational structure or meaning for.
- To engage in intellectualization.