[uh b-jek-tuh-fahy]

verb (used with object), ob·jec·ti·fied, ob·jec·ti·fy·ing.

to present as an object, especially of sight, touch, or other physical sense; make objective; externalize.

Origin of objectify

First recorded in 1830–40; object + -ify
Related formsob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounde-ob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounnon·ob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion, nouno·ver·ob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion, nouno·ver·ob·jec·ti·fy, verb (used with object), o·ver·ob·jec·ti·fied, o·ver·ob·jec·ti·fy·ing.self-ob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounun·ob·jec·ti·fied, adjective
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Related Words for objectify

embody, substantiate, materialize, externalize, exteriorize

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verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to represent concretely; present as an object
Derived Formsobjectification, noun
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Word Origin and History for objectify

1838, from Medieval Latin objectum (see object (n.)) + -fy. Related: Objectified; objectifying.

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