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[ploo r-uh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), plu·ral·ized, plu·ral·iz·ing.
  1. to express in the plural form; make plural: to pluralize a noun.
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verb (used without object), plu·ral·ized, plu·ral·iz·ing.
  1. to receive or take a plural form.
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Also especially British, plu·ral·ise.

Origin of pluralize

First recorded in 1795–1805; plural + -ize
Related formsplu·ral·iz·a·ble, adjectiveplu·ral·i·za·tion, nounplu·ral·iz·er, nounun·plu·ral·ized, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Another difference in usage is revealed in the spelling and pluralization of foreign words.

    The American Language

    Henry L. Mencken

British Dictionary definitions for pluralization



  1. (intr) to hold more than one ecclesiastical benefice or office at the same time
  2. to make or become plural
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Derived Formspluralization or pluralisation, nounpluralizer or pluraliser, noun
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