reify

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

Origin:
1850–55; < Latin (s) thing + -ify

reification, noun
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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]
 
reifi'cation
 
n
 
reifi'catory
 
adj
 
'reifier
 
n

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reify definition


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

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Example sentences
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.
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