intellectualize

verb
in·tel·lec·tu·al·ize | \ˌin-tə-ˈlek-chə-wə-ˌlīz, -chə-ˌlīz, -shwə-ˌlīz, -chü(-ə)-ˌlīz\
intellectualized; intellectualizing

Definition of intellectualize 

transitive verb

: to give rational form or content to

Other Words from intellectualize

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

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circa 1792, in the meaning defined above

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intellectualize

transitive verb
in·tel·lec·tu·al·ize
variants: or chiefly British intellectualise \ˌint-ᵊl-ˈek-chə(-wə)-ˌlīz, -ˈeksh-wə- \
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 \ noun

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