[ ree-uh-fahy, rey- ]
/ ˈri əˌfaɪ, ˈreɪ- /

verb (used with object), re·i·fied, re·i·fy·ing.

to convert into or regard as a concrete thing: to reify a concept.


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Origin of reify

1850–55; < Latin rē(s) thing + -ify


re·i·fi·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for reification

  • This happened simultaneously with the reification of many other forms of human praxis: religion, the judiciary, the military.

British Dictionary definitions for reification

/ (ˈriːɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to consider or make (an abstract idea or concept) real or concrete

Derived forms of reify

reification, nounreificatory, adjectivereifier, noun

Word Origin for reify

C19: from Latin rēs thing; compare deify
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