spartanize

verb, often capitalized
spar·​tan·​ize | \ -ᵊnˌīz \
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of spartanize

transitive verb

: to make Spartan in character : imbue with Spartan ideals tried to spartanize his whole household

intransitive verb

: to become Spartan in character : live in a Spartan manner

History and Etymology for spartanize

Spartan entry 2 + -ize

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Learn More About spartanize

Dictionary Entries Near spartanize

Spartanic

spartanize

sparteine

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for spartanize

Cite this Entry

“Spartanize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spartanize. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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