objectify

verb ob·jec·ti·fy \ əb-ˈjek-tə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of objectify

objectified; objectifying
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

objectification

play \əb-ˌjek-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Examples of objectify in a Sentence

  1. She says beauty pageants objectify women.

Recent Examples of objectify from the Web

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First Known Use of objectify

circa 1837


OBJECTIFY Defined for English Language Learners

objectify

verb

Definition of objectify for English Language Learners

  • : to treat (someone) as an object rather than as a person



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