- 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.
- to make subtle distinctions or to argue subtly.
Also especially British, sub·til·ise.
Origin of 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
- (tr) to bring to a purer state; refine
- to debate subtly
- (tr) to make (the mind, etc) keener
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