con·​cret·​ize kän-ˈkrē-ˌtīz How to pronounce concretize (audio)
concretized; concretizing

transitive verb

: to make concrete, specific, or definite
tried to concretize his ideas

intransitive verb

: to become concrete
concretization noun

Examples of concretize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By exploring the looming threats of World War II through the personal, O'Connor concretizes the stakes for the island, avoiding what might otherwise be a plodding rehashing of history. Kristen Martin, NPR, 16 May 2024 To advance the story visually, the film concretizes certain allusions and memories. Bonnie Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2023 To physically change my body felt like an important way to concretize that work. New York Times, 10 May 2022 And as activists began to die in large numbers, ACT UP held several funeral processions both as acts of commemoration and to concretize the mass deaths the public refused to acknowledge. Dagmawi Woubshet, The Atlantic, 19 Nov. 2021 Over time, these differences tend to concretize, revealing the ultimate danger in partially remote workforces: the creation of essentially two different organizations. Brian Kardon, Fortune, 5 July 2020 Even the way Hollywood promotes itself, with costly parties at far-flung events, has changed in ways that may concretize, with major industry gatherings like South by Southwest, the fall TV upfronts and the Cannes Film Festival canceled or delayed. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Mar. 2020 Thus, the outsize significance of the wedding ring, a clumsy flail toward concretizing what is essentially ethereal. Jennifer Bernstein, Vox, 3 July 2019 Pullman excels at concretizing evocative notions (self-consciousness, for instance, or how the self experiences its own contradictions) in witty dialogue between a child and his animal-shaped soul mate. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, 18 Oct. 2017

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Word History


concrete entry 1 + -ize

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of concretize was in 1884

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“Concretize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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