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[uh b-jek-tuh-fahy] /əbˈdʒɛk təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), objectified, objectifying.
to present as an object, especially of sight, touch, or other physical sense; make objective; externalize.
Origin of objectify
1830-40; object + -ify
Related forms
objectification, noun
de-objectification, noun
nonobjectification, noun
overobjectification, noun
overobjectify, verb (used with object), overobjectified, overobjectifying.
self-objectification, noun
unobjectified, adjective Unabridged
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  • And we have traveled the road familiar to many nursing scholars, the road of expertise in objectification and quantification.

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
  • Thus beauty is constituted by the objectification of pleasure.

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
  • In other words, he effected what may be called an objectification of the literary ideal.

  • objectification the differentia of aesthetic pleasure, 44 et seq.

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
  • It is not so much their letter, as the underlying feeling of objectification and activity, that matters.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
British Dictionary definitions for objectification


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
(transitive) to represent concretely; present as an object
Derived Forms
objectification, noun
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Word Origin and History for objectification

1860, noun of action from objectify.



1838, from Medieval Latin objectum (see object (n.)) + -fy. Related: Objectified; objectifying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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