nov·​el·​ize ˈnä-və-ˌlīz How to pronounce novelize (audio)
novelized; novelizing

transitive verb

: to convert into the form of a novel
novelize a play
novelization noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Originally a 1977 cult classic film, then novelized by Johnston in 2017, this outrageous Southern adventure now comes to life in audio format with the talents of a full creative team. New York Times, 7 Jan. 2020 Instead of Doctor Who, this enterprise envisions something more like a real-life version of Fantastic Voyage, the 1966 movie novelized by Isaac Asimov. Tom Siegfried, Smithsonian, 26 Sep. 2019 Whitehead has now been novelizing this country’s past for 20 years. David Canfield,, 12 July 2019 Tolkien’s novelized version of The Fall of Gondolin cuts off abruptly once Tuor reaches Gondolin. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 18 Apr. 2018 Obliquity has led to greater success in novelizing the sixteenth President than have attempts to see him from the inside out and through his own point of view. Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, 13 Feb. 2017

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Word History


novel entry 2 + -ize

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of novelize was in 1828

Dictionary Entries Near novelize

Cite this Entry

“Novelize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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