hypostatize

verb
hy·​pos·​ta·​tize | \ hī-ˈpä-stə-ˌtīz How to pronounce hypostatize (audio) \
hypostatized; hypostatizing

Definition of hypostatize

transitive verb

: to attribute real identity to (a concept)

Other Words from hypostatize

hypostatization \ hī-​ˌpä-​stə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce hypostatize (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of hypostatize

1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypostatize

Greek hypostatos substantially existing, from hyphistasthai

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“Hypostatize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypostatize. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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