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subtilize

[ suht-l-ahyz, suhb-tuh-lahyz ]
/ 藞s蕦t l藢a瑟z, 藞s蕦b t蓹藢la瑟z /
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verb (used with object), sub路til路ized, sub路til路iz路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路til路ized, sub路til路iz路ing.
to make subtle distinctions or to argue subtly.
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Also especially British, sub路til路ise .

Origin of subtilize

1585鈥95; <Medieval Latin subt墨liz膩re, equivalent to subt墨l(is) subtle + -iz膩re-ize

OTHER WORDS FROM subtilize

sub路til路i路za路tion, nounsub路til路iz路er, nounsu路per路sub路til路ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for subtilize

subtilize

subtilise

/ (藞s蕦t瑟藢la瑟z) /

verb
(tr) to bring to a purer state; refine
to debate subtly
(tr) to make (the mind, etc) keener

Derived forms of subtilize

subtilization or subtilisation, nounsubtilizer or subtiliser, noun
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