American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To reduce to or organize according to a method; systematize.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reduce to method; dispose in due order; arrange in a convenient manner.
- To be methodical; use method.
- Also spelled methodise.
- v. To reduce to method or order; to arrange in an orderly or systematic manner.
- v. obsolete To make someone orderly or methodical.
- v. obsolete To convert someone to Methodism.
- v. obsolete To talk Methodistically.
- v. To perform a theatrical role in accordance with the principles of method acting.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To reduce to method; to dispose in due order; to arrange in a convenient manner.
“I believed that an attempt to range and methodize some of our most leading passions would be a good preparative to such an inquiry as we are going to make in the ensuing discourse.”
“Thus Antonius could readily invent such arguments as were most in point, and afterwards digest and methodize them to the best advantage; and he could likewise retain the plan he had formed with great exactness: but his chief merit was the goodness of his delivery, in which he was justly allowed to excel.”
“But after he has thus _invented_ what is proper to be said, with what accuracy must he _methodize_ it?”
“For these reasons it was necessary to methodize the whole work; to abridge some parts of it; and to leave out many things that appear to be trifling.”
“He wrote as he spoke: he gives us the first rough draft of his thoughts, and seldom imposes on himself the trouble to arrange or methodize them; hence, they are often meager and desultory, and not infrequently deviate entirely from the subject.”
“The two Wesleys were attacking the Church, and calling upon men to methodize their lives and eliminate folly; Gibbon was writing his “Decline and Fall”; Burke, in the House of Commons, was polishing his brogue; Boswell was busy blithering about a book concerning a man; Captain Cook was sailing the seas finding continents; the two Pitts and Charles Fox were giving the king unpalatable advice;”
“I found an opinion common through all the offices, and general in the public at large, that it would prove impossible to reform and methodize the office of paymaster-general.”
“I BELIEVED that an attempt to range and methodize some of our most leading passions would be a good preparative to such an inquiry as we are going to make in the ensuing discourse.”
“The purpose of the school was to manufacture the standard man, and the business of the teacher was to so organize and methodize instruction that the necessary knowledge could be acquired as economically, from a financial point of view, as possible.”
“Johnson striving to methodize his life, to fight against sloth and all the minor vices to which he was prone, is the”
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