American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make a ritual of.
- v. To force a ritual on.
- v. To engage in ritualism.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To arrange and supply a ritual for; hamper with external forms and ceremonies; harden and deaden by ritual.
- v. US To make into a ritual.
- v. make or evolve into a ritual
“If you don't ritualize a specific bedtime, you'll end up finding ways to stay up later, just the way you do now.”
“With each blessing uttered, we extend the boundaries of the sacred and ritualize our love of life.”
“This particular type of palm frond, or lulav, is one of four species of flora that Jews ritualize in their observance of the harvest festival.”
“Love in the world made by Moran was filled with threats of violence, bullying efforts to control and the need to ritualize.”
“Over the ages, customs and myths have arisen to encourage -- to ritualize -- a summer mating season in order to ensure a successful procreation.”
“The best way to insure you'll take on difficult tasks is to ritualize them - build specific, inviolable times at which you do them, so that over time you do them without having to squander energy thinking about them.”
“With that in mind, we encouraged the managers to focus on reducing their alcohol intake during their evening meetings, ritualize morning exercise, eat more often and more lightly, and go to sleep at a designated and reasonable hour.”
“What's one very specific behavior could you ritualize in your life to make the world you live in a little better each day?”
“To combat this fear I have begun to ritualize my days, fearing that if I do not stick to these commitments, my fear will come true.”
“Ritual behavior is universal and innate — witness how young children ritualize accidental behaviors at bedtime, a time of transition from waking to sleep, by insisting on their subsequent precise repetition.”
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