Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To impart a spiritual nature to.
  • transitive v. To invest with or treat as having a spiritual sense or meaning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make spiritual; to invoke spirituality.
  • v. To refine intellectually or morally; to purify from the corrupting influence of the world; to give a spiritual character or tendency to.
  • v. To give a spiritual meaning to; to take in a spiritual sense; opposed to literalize.
  • v. To extract spirit.
  • v. To convert into, or impregnate with, spirit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To refine intellectiually or morally; to purify from the corrupting influence of the world; to give a spiritual character or tendency to.
  • transitive v. To give a spiritual meaning to; to take in a spiritual sense; -- opposed to literalize.
  • transitive v. To extract spirit from; also, to convert into, or impregnate with, spirit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make spiritual, or more spiritual; elevate above what is worldly or bodily.
  • To infuse spirituality or life into; inform with spirit or life; animate.
  • To draw a spiritual meaning from, or impart a spiritual meaning to; as, to spiritualize a text of Scripture.
  • In chem.:
  • To extract spirit from.
  • To convert into spirit, or impart the properties of spirit to. Also spelled spiritualise.

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

  • v. give a spiritual meaning to; read in a spiritual sense
  • v. elevate or idealize, in allusion to Christ's transfiguration
  • v. purify from the corrupting influences of the world

Etymologies

spiritual +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

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