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
academicization\ˌa-kə-ˌde-mə-sə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌsī-ˈzā-\ play noun … the chief change in the production of American novels: their increasing academicization. — Joseph Epstein, The Middle Of My Tether, 1983
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