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

Definition of novelize

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from novelize

novelization \ ˌnä-​və-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce novelization (audio) \ noun

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Whitehead has now been novelizing this country’s past for 20 years. David Canfield,, "Why Colson Whitehead continues to plunge into American history's dark heart," 12 July 2019 Tolkien’s novelized version of The Fall of Gondolin cuts off abruptly once Tuor reaches Gondolin. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "One of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Earliest Middle Earth Stories Will Be Published as a Novel," 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, "George Saunders Gets Inside Lincoln’s Head," 13 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of novelize

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for novelize

novel entry 2 + -ize

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