transitive verb
ac·​a·​dem·​i·​cize | \ ˌa-kə-ˈde-mə-ˌsīz How to pronounce academicize (audio) \
academicized; academicizing; academicizes

Definition of academicize

: to make (something or someone) academic especially : to make (something) a subject of academic study The seventeenth century turns out to be as grand in cooking as in the other arts, regulating, academicizing the rules of cookery like those of architecture, painting and grammar. — Eugen Weber, Times Literary Supplement (London), 9 Aug. 1991

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academicization \ ˌa-​kə-​ˌde-​mə-​sə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce academicize (audio) , -​ˌsī-​ˈzā-​ \ noun
… the chief change in the production of American novels: their increasing academicization. — Joseph Epstein, The Middle Of My Tether, 1983

First Known Use of academicize

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for academicize

academic entry 1 + -ize

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“Academicize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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