[ suht-l-ahyz, suhb-tuh-lahyz ]
/ ˈsʌt lˌaɪz, ˈsʌb təˌlaɪz /
verb (used with object), sub·til·ized, sub·til·iz·ing.
to elevate in character; sublimate.
to make (the mind, senses, etc.) keen or discerning; sharpen.
to introduce subtleties into or argue subtly about.
to make thin, rare, or more fluid or volatile; refine.
verb (used without object), sub·til·ized, sub·til·iz·ing.
to make subtle distinctions or to argue subtly.
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Also especially British, sub·til·ise.
Origin of subtilize
OTHER WORDS FROM subtilizesub·til·i·za·tion, nounsub·til·iz·er, nounsu·per·sub·til·ized, adjective
Words nearby subtilize
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Its Office is to Subtilize the Blood by cleansing and refining it.The Compleat Surgeon, or the Whole Art of Surgery Explain'd in a Most Familiar Method|Charles Gabriel Le Clerc
British Dictionary definitions for subtilize
/ (ˈsʌtɪˌlaɪz) /
(tr) to bring to a purer state; refine
to debate subtly
(tr) to make (the mind, etc) keener
Derived forms of subtilizesubtilization or subtilisation, nounsubtilizer or subtiliser, noun
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