- to convert into or regard as a concrete thing: to reify a concept.
Origin of reify
1850–55; < Latin rē(s) thing + -ify
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Examples from the Web for reified
In the first place, language itself is reified and consumed.
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.
- (tr) to consider or make (an abstract idea or concept) real or concrete
C19: from Latin rēs thing; compare deify
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