intellectualize

[in-tl-ek-choo-uh-lahyz] /ˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), intellectualized, intellectualizing.
1.
to seek or consider the rational content or form of.
2.
to make intellectual.
3.
to analyze (something) intellectually or rationally.
4.
to ignore the emotional or psychological significance of (an action, feeling, dream, etc.) by an excessively intellectual or abstract explanation.
verb (used without object), intellectualized, intellectualizing.
5.
to talk or write intellectually; reason; philosophize:
"to intellectualize about world problems."
Also, especially British, intellectualise.
Origin
1810–20; intellectual + -ize
Related forms
intellectualization, noun
intellectualizer, noun
overintellectualization, noun
overintellectualize, verb, overintellectualized, overintellectualizing.
semi-intellectualized, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for intellectualise
intellectualize or intellectualise (ˌɪntɪˈlɛktʃʊəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to make or become intellectual
2.  (tr) to treat or consider in an intellectual way; rationalize
 
intellectualise or intellectualise
 
vb
 
intellectualization or intellectualise
 
n
 
intellectualisation or intellectualise
 
n
 
intellectualizer or intellectualise
 
n
 
intellectualiser or intellectualise
 
n

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intellectualise in Medicine

intellectualize in·tel·lec·tu·al·ize (ĭn'tl-ěk'chōō-ə-līz')
v. in·tel·lec·tu·al·ized, in·tel·lec·tu·al·iz·ing, in·tel·lec·tu·al·iz·es

  1. To furnish a rational structure or meaning for.

  2. To engage in intellectualization.

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