[ in-tl-ek-choo-uh-lahyz ]
/ ˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), in·tel·lec·tu·al·ized, in·tel·lec·tu·al·iz·ing.

to seek or consider the rational content or form of.
to make intellectual.
to analyze (something) intellectually or rationally.
to ignore the emotional or psychological significance of (an action, feeling, dream, etc.) by an excessively intellectual or abstract explanation.

verb (used without object), in·tel·lec·tu·al·ized, in·tel·lec·tu·al·iz·ing.

to talk or write intellectually; reason; philosophize: to intellectualize about world problems.
Also especially British, in·tel·lec·tu·al·ise.

Origin of intellectualize

First recorded in 1810–20; intellectual + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM intellectualize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for intellectualize



/ (ˌɪntɪˈlɛktʃʊəˌlaɪz) /


to make or become intellectual
(tr) to treat or consider in an intellectual way; rationalize

Derived forms of intellectualize

intellectualization or intellectualisation, nounintellectualizer or intellectualiser, noun
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Medicine definitions for intellectualize

[ ĭn′tl-ĕkchōō-ə-līz′ ]


To furnish a rational structure or meaning for.
To engage in intellectualization.
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