semanticize

transitive verb
se·​man·​ti·​cize | \ -ˌsīz \
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of semanticize

1 : to give a meaning to
2 : to subject to semantic analysis semanticize this difference between knowledge by poetry and knowledge by abstraction out of existence— Archibald MacLeish

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First Known Use of semanticize

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for semanticize

semantic entry 1 + -ize

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“Semanticize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semanticize. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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