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[in-tl-ek-choo-uh-lahyz] /ˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), intellectualized, intellectualizing.
to seek or consider the rational content or form of.
to make intellectual.
to analyze (something) intellectually or rationally.
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.
to talk or write intellectually; reason; philosophize:
to intellectualize about world problems.
Origin of intellectualize
1810-20; intellectual + -ize
Related forms
intellectualization, noun
intellectualizer, noun
overintellectualization, noun
overintellectualize, verb, overintellectualized, overintellectualizing.
semi-intellectualized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intellectualize
  • Don't rationalize or over intellectualize yourselves into believing otherwise.
  • He has the ability to intellectualize, but may lose focus and go off on a tangent relatively easily.
  • It is easy to over-intellectualize the process of cooperative formation.
  • But it's one thing to intellectualize something and quite another to live it.
  • Acting is kind of difficult to intellectualize-it's a far more visceral experience.
British Dictionary definitions for intellectualize


to make or become intellectual
(transitive) to treat or consider in an intellectual way; rationalize
Derived Forms
intellectualization, intellectualisation, noun
intellectualizer, intellectualiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for intellectualize

1819, from intellectual + -ize. Related: Intellectualized; intellectualizing.

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intellectualize 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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