follow Dictionary.com

Get our exclusive Word of the Day images!

subtilize

[suht-l-ahyz, suhb-tuh-lahyz] /ˈsʌt lˌaɪz, ˈsʌb təˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), subtilized, subtilizing.
1.
to elevate in character; sublimate.
2.
to make (the mind, senses, etc.) keen or discerning; sharpen.
3.
to introduce subtleties into or argue subtly about.
4.
to make thin, rare, or more fluid or volatile; refine.
verb (used without object), subtilized, subtilizing.
5.
to make subtle distinctions or to argue subtly.
Also, especially British, subtilise.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Medieval Latin subtīlizāre, equivalent to subtīl(is) subtle + -izāre -ize
Related forms
subtilization, noun
subtilizer, noun
supersubtilized, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for subtilise

subtilize

/ˈsʌtɪˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to bring to a purer state; refine
2.
to debate subtly
3.
(transitive) to make (the mind, etc) keener
Derived Forms
subtilization, subtilisation, noun
subtilizer, subtiliser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for subtilize

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for subtilise

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends