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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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Related Words for methodize

align, array, class, classify, dispose, file, form, group, order, organize, police, position, range, rank, regulate, sort, spruce, systematize, systemize, tidy

Examples from the Web for methodize

Historical Examples of methodize

  • 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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