reify

[ree-uh-fahy, rey-]
verb (used with object), reified, reifying.
to convert into or regard as a concrete thing: to reify a concept.

Origin:
1850–55; < Latin (s) thing + -ify

reification, noun
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reify (ˈriːɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
(tr) to consider or make (an abstract idea or concept) real or concrete
 
[C19: from Latin rēs thing; compare deify]
 
reifi'cation
 
n
 
reifi'catory
 
adj
 
'reifier
 
n

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Example sentences
They have reified the idea of universal friendship, but they didn't invent it.
It reified categories of race, ethnicity and privilege that were not accurate
  in the first place.
Without a fully reified plan, the health care debate has come to a stalemate of
  talking points.
The way corporate personhood has grown to be reified and sanctified.
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