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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause (another) to behave like an animal.
  • transitive v. To depict or represent in the form of an animal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To represent in the form of an animal
  • v. To brutalize

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To endow with the properties of an animal; to represent in animal form.
  • transitive v. To convert into animal matter by the processes of assimilation.
  • transitive v. To render animal or sentient; to reduce to the state of a lower animal; to sensualize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make into an animal; endow with the attributes of an animal; represent in animal form: as, the Egyptians animalized their deities.
  • To give an animal character or appearance to; especially, to render animal in nature or habits; brutalize; sensualize; excite the animal passions of.
  • To convert into animal matter by the process of assimilation; assimilate, as food.
  • To give, as to vegetable fiber, some of the characteristics of animal fiber, as when cotton is so treated with albumin or casein, or a strong solution of caustic soda, that the fiber shrinks, becomes stronger, and is made capable of absorbing aniline dyes.
  • Also spelled animalise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become brutal or insensitive and unfeeling
  • v. represent in the form of an animal
  • v. make brutal, unfeeling, or inhuman

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  • "To give, as to vegetable fiber, some of the characteristics of animal fiber, as when cotton is so treated with albumin or casein, or a strong solution of caustic soda, that the fiber shrinks, becomes stronger, and is made capable of absorbing aniline dyes." --CD&C

    April 11, 2012