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

Definition of stylize

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

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stylization \ ˌstī-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce stylization (audio) \ noun

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Along with a pale pink pout and several swipes of mascara, Bieber's blonde skewed stylized at the crown, slicked and finished in a gilded barrette before falling in lengths as luminous as her complexion. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Hailey Bieber Thinks Pink (and More!)," 9 Dec. 2018 The idea seems to be that in a fascist society, all of social and mental life is stylized, uniform—choreographed by the state. Lee Siegel, WSJ, "Bertolucci’s Obsessions," 30 Nov. 2018 Is a softer, though still infinitely stylized, Gaga the latest iteration of her chameleonic persona? Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Channels Her ‘A Star Is Born’ Character with a Sleek New Look," 5 Oct. 2018 All six are stylized like the traditional mission patches that accompany most space launches. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Trump’s PAC wants to know which Space Force logo you like best," 9 Aug. 2018 The word can refer to a member of a celebrity’s fervent fandom, like Rihanna’s Navy or Beyoncé’s Beyhive or Nicki’s Barbz (also stylized as Barbs or Barbiez). Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and the sexist female rapper paradigm behind their feud, explained," 6 Nov. 2018 The way the title is stylized in the new film harkens back to the '54 Garland version. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "10 A Star Is Born Easter Eggs That You May Have Missed," 8 Oct. 2018 At the start of each round, players receive four cards at random from the deck and can buy any or all of them for three megacredits (stylized as M€) each. Keith Law, Ars Technica, "Review: Super-hot board game Terraforming Mars goes digital," 10 Nov. 2018 As two young women in the music industry, Chloe and Halle Bailey (often stylized as Chloe x Halle) know a thing or two about being underestimated. Kimberly Mcallister, Teen Vogue, "Chloe x Halle Love Proving People Wrong," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of stylize

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stylize was in 1898

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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