subtilise

subtilize

[suht-l-ahyz, suhb-tuh-lahyz]
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:
1585–95; < Medieval Latin subtīlizāre, equivalent to subtīl(is) subtle + -izāre -ize

subtilization, noun
subtilizer, noun
supersubtilized, adjective
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subtilize or subtilise (ˈsʌtɪˌlaɪz)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to bring to a purer state; refine
2.  to debate subtly
3.  (tr) to make (the mind, etc) keener
 
subtilise or subtilise
 
vb
 
subtili'zation or subtilise
 
n
 
subtili'sation or subtilise
 
n
 
'subtilizer or subtilise
 
n
 
'subtiliser or subtilise
 
n

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