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reify

[ree-uh-fahy, rey-] /ˈri əˌfaɪ, ˈreɪ-/
verb (used with object), reified, reifying.
1.
to convert into or regard as a concrete thing:
to reify a concept.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < Latin (s) thing + -ify
Related forms
reification, noun
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  • Perhaps more importantly, the term implicitly tends to reify humans as they are now.
  • One thing it will not do is reify an bogus concept, viz.
  • Instead you see people acting according to their convictions and seeking to reify their expectations.
British Dictionary definitions for reify

reify

/ˈriːɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
(transitive) to consider or make (an abstract idea or concept) real or concrete
Derived Forms
reification, noun
reificatory, adjective
reifier, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin rēs thing; compare deify
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Word Origin and History for reify
v.

"make into a thing; make real or material; consider as a thing," 1854, back-formation from reification, or else from re-, stem of Latin res "thing, object, matter, affair, event, circumstance, condition," from PIE *re- "to bestow, endow" + -fy. Related: Reified; reifying.

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reify in Technology


To regard (something abstract) as a material thing.
(1995-03-07)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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