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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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  • You objectify an impression without arguing as to its reality at all, or relating it to yourself or anything else.

    Beauty and the Beast Stewart A. McDowall
  • It will objectify a part of your material for you, and possibly, by arousing criticism, enable you to strengthen your points.

  • Thus do we objectify that which has no objective existence, but is purely a subjective experience.

    The Last Harvest John Burroughs
  • Moreover, it is quite arbitrarily that they attribute to the primitive this tendency to objectify blindly all his emotions.

  • The effort to objectify the ideal, and to put it in concrete form in words or upon canvas, is said to be precious though painful.

  • They also objectify the relations between a society at war and, during times of peace, between society and its warriors.

  • Above all it enables us to objectify them, to throw them out into the current of social life.

    Bergson and His Philosophy J. Alexander Gunn
  • Thus, they objectify both the pain of the sickness and the fear aroused in the community by the behaviour of the sick person.

British Dictionary definitions for objectify


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 objectify

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

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