substantivize

[suhb-stuh n-tuh-vahyz]

verb (used with object), sub·stan·tiv·ized, sub·stan·tiv·iz·ing.

to use (an adjective, verb, etc.) as a substantive; convert into a substantive: a substantivized participle.

Nearby words

  1. substantival,
  2. substantive,
  3. substantive agreements,
  4. substantive rank,
  5. substantive right,
  6. substation,
  7. substernal goiter,
  8. substituent,
  9. substitute,
  10. substitution

Also especially British, sub·stan·tiv·ise.

Origin of substantivize

First recorded in 1865–70; substantive + -ize

Related formssub·stan·tiv·i·za·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for substantivize

substantivize

substantivise

verb

(tr) to make (a word other than a noun) play the grammatical role of a noun in a sentence
Derived Formssubstantivization or substantivisation, noun

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