transitive verb

ac·​a·​dem·​i·​cize ˌa-kə-ˈde-mə-ˌsīz How to pronounce academicize (audio)
academicized; academicizing; academicizes
: 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
academicization noun
… the chief change in the production of American novels: their increasing academicization. Joseph Epstein, The Middle Of My Tether, 1983

Word History


academic entry 1 + -ize

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of academicize was in 1894

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“Academicize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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