ob·​jec·​ti·​fy | \ əb-ˈjek-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce objectify (audio) \
objectified; objectifying

Definition of objectify

transitive verb

1 : to treat as an object or cause to have objective reality They believe that beauty pageants objectify women.
2 : to give expression to (something, such as an abstract notion, feeling, or ideal) in a form that can be experienced by others It is the essence of the fairy tale to objectify differing facets of the child's emotional experience …— John Updike

Other Words from objectify

objectification \ əb-​ˌjek-​tə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce objectify (audio) \ noun

Examples of objectify in a Sentence

She says beauty pageants objectify women.
Recent Examples on the Web The catalogue essays point to the obvious sensuality of the woman, to the erotic drama of her captivity and the way that invites viewers, especially men, to objectify her for visual gratification. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 Like pickup artists, high-value dating can objectify the opposite gender and turns dating into a game to be won, with a high-value partner as the prize. Eve Upton-clark, refinery29.com, 21 Apr. 2022 Like pickup artists, high value dating can objectify the opposite gender and turns dating into a game to be won, with a high value partner as the prize. Eve Upton-clark, refinery29.com, 20 Apr. 2022 Readers were quick to categorize this as the latest example of an insidious double standard in which media outlets reporting on sports focus on the athletic achievements of men, yet persistently objectify the bodies of women. Christine Yu, Outside Online, 8 Mar. 2022 In the third act, the mirrors are tilted even further to objectify and sexualize the literal and metaphorical climax of the play, making its violence and eroticism inescapable. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 17 Feb. 2022 Outfits that make fun of people's size, objectify human beings, or otherwise make light of a person's lived experience are reflections of poor judgment. Maia Niguel Hoskin, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 On social media, women cheerfully objectify the hot duke from Bridgerton and members of the Korean boy band BTS, while a man talking about female tennis players in similar terms would get pilloried as sexist. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 3 Sep. 2021 For instance, according to a new report from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Hollywood continues to objectify female Asian American and Pacific Islander characters, as my CNN colleague Harmeet Kaur reported last week. Brandon Tensley, CNN, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of objectify

circa 1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for objectify

object entry 1 + -ify

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24 May 2022

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“Objectify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/objectify. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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