American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make conventional.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render conventional; bring under the influence of conventional rules; render observant of the forms and precedents of society. Specifically
- In the fine arts, to render or represent in a conventional manner—that is, either by exact adherence to a rule or in a manner intentionally incomplete and simplified.
- v. To make something conventional.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make conventional; to bring under the influence of, or cause to conform to, conventional rules; to establish by usage.
- v. To represent by selecting the important features and those which are expressible in the medium employed, and omitting the others.
- v. To represent according to an established principle, whether religious or traditional, or based upon certain artistic rules of supposed importance.
- v. (Fine Arts) To make designs in art, according to conventional principles. Cf. conventionalize, v. t., 2.
- v. make conventional or adapt to conventions
- v. represent according to a conventional style
“Walls's parents—just two of the unforgettable characters in this excellent, unusual book—were a matched pair of eccentrics, and raising four children didn't conventionalize either of them.”
“Then, too, it was inevitable that the typist or printer would conventionalize Joyce's mannered punctuation and spelling.”
“Is it not true that we habitually refuse to take seriously His teaching about man; that we water down His paradoxes and conventionalize His sayings; that we blunt the sharpness of His precepts, and shirk the tremendous sternness of His demands?”
“They're just going to disorganize me, conventionalize me completely.”
“Yet lest you find in this general combination of circumstances some sinister threat of audacity, let me conventionalize the story at once by opening it at that most conventional of all conventional”
“I thought it was only women who were privileged to change their mind," she began brightly; but Arkwright ignored her attempt to conventionalize the situation.”
“She was sick with love of him, and he danced with her as he would dance with any woman, as he would dance with a man who was a good dancer and upon whose arm was tied a handkerchief to conventionalize him into a woman.”
“I'll just make studies now, and this winter I'll conventionalize them and work them into patterns.”
“With a wondering grunt, the other complied, unrolling several small sheets of photographer's printing-out paper, to which several extraordinarily complicated and minute designs had been transferred -- strongly resembling laborious efforts to conventionalize a spider's web.”
“We do not separate the features as frequently as did that ancient people, but we conventionalize them as often.”
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