in·​tel·​lec·​tu·​al·​ize | \ ˌin-tə-ˈlek-chə-wə-ˌlīz How to pronounce intellectualize (audio) , -chə-ˌlīz, -shwə-ˌlīz, -chü(-ə)-ˌlīz\
intellectualized; intellectualizing

Definition of intellectualize

transitive verb

: to give rational form or content to

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intellectualization \ ˌin-​tə-​ˌlek-​chə-​wə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce intellectualization (audio) , -​chə-​lə-​ , -​shwə-​lə-​ , -​chü(-​ə)-​lə-​ \ noun
intellectualizer \ ˌin-​tə-​ˈlek-​chə-​wə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce intellectualizer (audio) , -​chə-​ˌlī-​ , -​shwə-​ˌlī-​ , -​chü(-​ə)-​ˌlī-​ \ noun

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Feelings are hard to localize, to intellectualize, and thus to critique. Sarah M. Broom, The New Yorker, "Who Stays Gone, and Who Can Afford to Return," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of intellectualize

circa 1792, in the meaning defined above

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transitive verb
variants: or chiefly British intellectualise \ ˌint-​ᵊl-​ˈek-​chə(-​wə)-​ˌlīz, -​ˈeksh-​wə-​ How to pronounce intellectualise (audio) \
intellectualized or chiefly British intellectualised; intellectualizing or chiefly British intellectualising

Medical Definition of intellectualize

1 : to give rational form or content to
2 : to avoid conscious recognition of the emotional basis of (an act or feeling) by substituting a superficially plausible explanation conflicts that are intellectualized— L. E. Hinsie

Other Words from intellectualize

intellectualization or chiefly British intellectualisation \ -​ˌek-​chə(-​wə)-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce intellectualisation (audio) \ noun

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