- 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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Related Words for intellectualizejustify, ponder, resolve, consider, study, appreciate, reflect, judge, speculate, excise, vindicate, deliberate, elucidate, extenuate, excuse, reason, think, reconcile, examine, ruminate
Examples from the Web for intellectualize
Historical Examples of intellectualize
The bent of Sir Joshua's mind was to elevate, to dignify, to intellectualize.
- to make or become intellectual
- (tr) to treat or consider in an intellectual way; rationalize
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- To furnish a rational structure or meaning for.
- To engage in intellectualization.
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