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

1850–55; < Latin (s) thing + -ify

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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]

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Word Origin & History

1846, "act of materializing," from L. re-, stem of res "thing." In Marxist jargon, translating Ger. Verdinglichung.
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the treatment of something abstract as a material or concrete thing, as in the following lines from Matthew Arnold's poem "Dover Beach": The Sea of FaithWas once, too, at the full, and round earth's shoreLay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.

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Example sentences
Perhaps it sets all of us back a few years because of its reification of gender stereotypes.
Most prejudice is usually an example of what is called reification.
The three design principles used were familiarity, similarity recognition, and reification.
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