[ suhb-stuh n-tuh-vahyz ]
/ ˈsʌb stən təˌvaɪz /

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

Origin of substantivize

First recorded in 1865–70; substantive + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM substantivize

sub·stan·tiv·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for substantivize



/ (ˈsʌbstəntɪˌvaɪz) /


(tr) to make (a word other than a noun) play the grammatical role of a noun in a sentence

Derived forms of substantivize

substantivization or substantivisation, noun
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