styl·​ize ˈstī(-ə)-ˌlīz How to pronounce stylize (audio)
stylized; stylizing

transitive verb

: to conform to a conventional style
specifically : to represent or design according to a style or stylistic pattern rather than according to nature or tradition
stylization noun

Examples of stylize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whether it’s stylized imagery of a California town during the 1840s gold rush or photorealistic renderings of golden retriever puppies playing in the snow, the lifelike animation surpassed anything from other text-to-video competitors like Runway and ModelScope. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 Jenner's own bob-pixie hybrid was styled in the guise of Sophia Loren, soft curls shorn to fall sultry across her face, a spritely flip at the nape of the neck keeping things sweet and stylized. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 10 Feb. 2024 The shapes at the top of the painting could be feathers, flower petals, plant fronds or stylized tufts of body hair. Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2024 Whatever ultimately happens to apps such as Snapchat, danah boyd, the author of It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (and who stylizes her name in lowercase), emphasized to me over email that kids’ mental health must be supported in ways that have nothing to do with social media. Caroline Mimbs Nyce, The Atlantic, 30 Jan. 2024 By stylizing the pleasures of farce, Ozon revives its moral tradition. Armond White, National Review, 26 Jan. 2024 But there are also stylized renderings of contemporary Bahrain, including Rashid Al Khalifa’s Sol Lewitt-like 3D model of interlocking architectural frameworks and Abdul Karim Al-Orrayed’s painting of the island’s urban grid. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2024 There are a few styles with simple art, such as the Speed Black and White version that features a car and stylized flames. PCMAG, 26 Jan. 2024 In its upper-left quadrant, black and white lines form stylized patterns on a purple background. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stylize was in 1898

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“Stylize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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styl·​ize ˈstī(ə)l-ˌīz How to pronounce stylize (audio)
stylized; stylizing
: to represent or design according to a style or pattern rather than according to nature or tradition

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