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verb (used without object), rit·u·al·ized, rit·u·al·iz·ing.
  1. to practice ritualism.
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verb (used with object), rit·u·al·ized, rit·u·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make into a ritual: to ritualize the serving of tea.
  2. to convert (someone) to ritualism; impose ritualism upon.
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Also especially British, rit·u·al·ise.

Origin of ritualize

First recorded in 1835–45; ritual + -ize
Related formsde·rit·u·al·ize, verb, de·rit·u·al·ized, de·rit·u·al·iz·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for ritualised



  1. (intr) to engage in ritualism or devise rituals
  2. (tr) to make (something) into a ritual
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