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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
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British Dictionary definitions for subtilization

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
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