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verb (used with object), meth·od·ized, meth·od·iz·ing.
  1. to reduce (something) to a method.
  2. to arrange (something) according to a method.
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Also especially British, meth·od·ise.

Origin of methodize

First recorded in 1580–90; method + -ize
Related formsmeth·od·iz·er, nounun·meth·od·ized, adjectiveun·meth·od·iz·ing, adjectivewell-meth·od·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for methodize

Historical Examples

  • I went to London, and attempted to methodize my plans of vengeance.

    Pelham, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • You may enlarge on these short Heads, and methodize 'em as you see good.

    The Storm

    Daniel Defoe

  • I had a hard task in hand to begin the first part hereof, and much labour I underwent to methodize it as it is.

  • Everything wore a sombre, heavy air—even the men seemed born to methodize on some one object.

  • That what was done in France was a wild attempt to methodize anarchy; to perpetuate and fix disorder.

British Dictionary definitions for methodize



  1. (tr) to organize according to a method; systematize
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Derived Formsmethodization or methodisation, nounmethodizer or methodiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for methodize


"to make methodical," 1580s, from method + -ize. Related: Methodized; methodizing.

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