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[ree-uh-fahy, rey-]
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verb (used with object), re·i·fied, re·i·fy·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsre·i·fi·ca·tion, noun
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Related Words for reified

emerge, appear, realize, unfold, happen, occur, do, complete, affirm, debunk, confirm, ratify, verify, prove, corroborate, demonstrate, validate, justify, illustrate, exemplify

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Historical Examples of reified

  • In the first place, language itself is reified and consumed.

    The Civilization of Illiteracy

    Mihai Nadin

  • The reified thinking projected into gene manipulation, materials, and machines leads to a reduction of live thinking.

  • Writing became the medium through which some human experiences were reified.

British Dictionary definitions for reified


verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) to consider or make (an abstract idea or concept) real or concrete
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Derived Formsreification, nounreificatory, adjectivereifier, noun

Word Origin for reify

C19: from Latin rēs thing; compare deify
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Word Origin and History for reified



"make into a thing; make real or material; consider as a thing," 1854, back-formation from reification, or else from re-, stem of Latin res "thing, object, matter, affair, event, circumstance, condition," from PIE *re- "to bestow, endow" + -fy. Related: Reified; reifying.

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