[ 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.

Origin of reify

First recorded in 1850–55; from Latin rē(s) “thing” + -ify

Other words from reify

  • re·i·fi·ca·tion [ree-uh-fuh-key-shuhn, rey-], /ˌri ə fəˈkeɪ ʃən, ˈreɪ-/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for reify


/ (ˈriːɪˌfaɪ) /

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

Origin of reify

C19: from Latin rēs thing; compare deify

Derived forms of reify

  • reification, noun
  • reificatory, adjective
  • reifier, noun

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