es·​sen·​tial·​ize i-ˈsen(t)-shə-ˌlīz How to pronounce essentialize (audio)
essentialized; essentializing

transitive verb

: to express or formulate in essential form : reduce to essentials

Examples of essentialize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, people essentialize language. Katherine D. Kinzler, Scientific American, 6 Aug. 2020 The design seemed to essentialize a human will to beauty as a matter of workaday routine: ordinary ecstasy. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 23 Nov. 2020 Worse examples: resystematize, transparentize, essentialize, rightsize, dichotomize. Gary Gilson, Star Tribune, 10 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of essentialize was in 1893

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“Essentialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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