Definition of pluralize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈplo͝orəˌlīz/


[with object]
1Cause to become more numerous.
Example sentences
  • His goal is ‘to pluralize our understanding of the philosophical era known as ‘the Enlightenment’’.
  • They can pluralize the number of domestic actors that contribute to the definition of customary and cultural norms
  • Moreover, the previous pluralizing has brought a greater sense of context and purpose to even the more personal songs.
1.1Cause to be made up of several different elements.
Example sentences
  • In recent years, Australian society has differentiated and pluralised.
  • So preparation is a behavior whose first motion instantly pluralizes itself.
  • Contemporary Western feminist theory in the 1980s moved beyond the dialogues that sought to differentiate feminisms from each other and instead began to articulate a more pluralized notion of feminism at its core.
2Give a plural form to (a word).
Example sentences
  • My biggest beef, though, is with the erroneous use of apostrophes to pluralize acronyms and abbreviations like CEOs, GIs, and CDs.
  • If the compound is pluralized, the plural morpheme attaches only to the second element, not to the first, or to both: girl-friends, * girls-friends, * girls-friend.
  • They certainly never learned how to pluralize nouns ending in ‘y.’



Pronunciation: /ˌplo͝orəliˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • In the context of cultural pluralization produced by migration and by social stratification, ethnicity remains a social marker relative to other ethnicities subordinated to national identities.
  • The present discussion on so-called individualization and pluralization that is popular in Germany has been built on this earlier literature and has not made reference to Geiger's work.
  • The transition to democracy in Muslim societies depends, as it does everywhere, on a pluralization and differentiation in society and a separation of powers in the state.

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Syllabification: plu·ral·ize

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