from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To regard or treat (an abstraction) as if it had concrete or material existence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To regard something abstract as if it were a concrete material thing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make into a thing; make real or material; consider as a thing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. consider an abstract concept to be real
Latin rēs, rē-, thing; see rē- in Indo-European roots + -fy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from reification, calque from German. Formed as Latin rēs ("thing") + -ify (English suffix). (Wiktionary)