his·​tor·​i·​cize | \ hi-ˈstȯr-ə-ˌsīz How to pronounce historicize (audio) , -ˈstär-\
historicized; historicizing

Definition of historicize

intransitive verb

: to use historical material

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Keret said his father fought to humanize and historicize the Holocaust, to see it as more than a story of unmitigated oppression. Gal Beckerman, New York Times, "If Kafka Were Israeli and Wrote About Talking Goldfish," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of historicize

1846, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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