objectify


ob·jec·ti·fy

transitive verb \əb-ˈjek-tə-ˌfī\

: to treat (someone) as an object rather than as a person

ob·jec·ti·fiedob·jec·ti·fy·ing

Full Definition of OBJECTIFY

1
:  to treat as an object or cause to have objective reality
2
:  to give expression to (as an abstract notion, feeling, or ideal) in a form that can be experienced by others <it is the essence of the fairy tale to objectify differing facets of the child's emotional experience — John Updike>
ob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion \-ˌjek-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Examples of OBJECTIFY

  1. She says beauty pageants objectify women.

First Known Use of OBJECTIFY

circa 1837

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