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

transitive verb

: to treat as an object or cause to have objective reality
They believe that beauty pageants objectify women.
: 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
objectification noun

Examples of objectify in a Sentence

She says beauty pageants objectify women.
Recent Examples on the Web In the end, Marge gets objectified in typical '60s sci-fi fashion, Homer enlarges to become Burns' Cronenbergian interior passenger, and everything wraps up with a song. Dennis Perkins, EW.com, 24 Nov. 2023 To idealize is finally to objectify, and sometimes admiration can feel cold. Mary Gaitskill, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 Rather, the issue lies in a woman’s lack of agency when being objectified by another. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, 10 Jan. 2024 The work didn’t sit well with feminists, who accused Mr. Brakhage of objectifying his wife. Penelope Green, New York Times, 7 Dec. 2023 Imagine asking an actor to playfully objectify a female costar. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 8 Jan. 2024 Can a streaming service objectify a fictional person? Fran Hoepfner, Vulture, 4 Dec. 2023 Victoria’s Secret has made billions selling lingerie designed and marketed through the male gaze—a masculine lens that sexualizes and objectifies women. Paige Hagy, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2023 Tonantzin and the Virgen de Guadalupe — revered and pure — are idolized, whereas Coatlicue (Aztec mother goddess) and La Llorona are objectified. Sarah Quiñones Wolfson, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


object entry 1 + -ify

First Known Use

circa 1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of objectify was circa 1837

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“Objectify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/objectify. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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