phi·​los·​o·​phize | \ fə-ˈlä-sə-ˌfīz How to pronounce philosophize (audio) \
philosophized; philosophizing

Definition of philosophize

intransitive verb

1 : to reason in the manner of a philosopher
2 : to expound a moralizing and often superficial philosophy

transitive verb

: to consider from or bring into conformity with a philosophical point of view

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Other Words from philosophize

philosophizer noun

Examples of philosophize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, Sartre’s inclination to philosophize skiing is deeply charming. Rachel Kushner, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 To philosophize is to learn how to die, Montaigne wrote. The Week Staff, The Week, 27 Sep. 2021 As his characters cogitate and self-medicate, scheme and philosophize, his subject is less the content of their thoughts than the mind contemplating itself. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 To philosophize, as philosophers have told us, is to learn how to live and how to die. Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2020 That's just for starters, in a film that weaves together vérité footage with voiceover philosophizing from Sauper himself and clips from an assortment of archive footage. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Feb. 2020 Sylvia was a lifelong learner who was inquisitive, philosophizing about life and engaging in political topics., 11 Oct. 2019 Blessed with a sharp mind, Sturgis loved to philosophize. Erin Mccarthy,, 13 July 2018 In this coming-of-age tale, Mike resides with his mom and moves from job to job, pulling us with him every step, never condescending, sometimes philosophizing and only occasionally preaching. Helene Stapinski, New York Times, 1 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of philosophize

1594, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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“Philosophize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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