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 Multiple studies that came out around the wake of the #metoo movement indicated that the negative consequences of objectifying young women may run deeper than expected. Katy Kelleher, TIME, 24 June 2024 The question illuminated the ways Black people — their culture, their aesthetics, their literal bodies — are objectified and easily discarded under the white gaze. Vox Staff, Vox, 3 June 2024 This event is typically looked back at as a moment when men got to freely objectify, sexualize, and often harass women on the streets, yet there are two women at the center of the production. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 27 Mar. 2024 To evade being a victim of men’s objectification, women should subvert the male gaze by intentionally objectifying themselves and others. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, 10 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for objectify 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'objectify.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

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

Dictionary Entries Near objectify

Cite this Entry

“Objectify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/objectify. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on objectify

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!