Definition of intellectualize in English:


Line breaks: in¦tel|lec¦tual|ize
Pronunciation: /ɪntəˈlɛktʃʊəlʌɪz
(also intellectualise)


1 [with object] Give an intellectual character to: belief was a gut feeling—it couldn’t be intellectualized
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  • But I am intellectualizing this book, which can only give you the experience of dislocation viscerally, through the flow of its language.
  • Performance artists are always so goddamn self-important and intellectualizing everything they do.
  • They intellectualize it until you realize why they spend so much time alone ‘writing dissertations.’
2 [no object] Talk, write, or think intellectually: people who intellectualize about fashion
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  • Anna said that she can intellectualize about her relationship with Martin now; the passion has cooled to the point where she could walk away if she wanted to.
  • In this film, Allen doesn't seem to be trying to intellectualize about God or morality, nor does he attempt to do anything overly comedic or complex.
  • It's one thing to theorize and intellectualize about such things, but very difficult to realize that it actually can happen.

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