from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To render subtle: "I need to tell stories. I find new friends, new listeners, subtilize my lies” ( Helen Yglesias).
- intransitive v. To argue or discuss with subtlety; make fine distinctions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make subtle
- v. To use subtle arguments or distinctions
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make thin or fine; to make less gross or coarse.
- transitive v. To refine; to spin into niceties.
- intransitive v. To refine in argument; to make very nice distinctions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make thin or fine; make less gross or coarse; refine or etherealize, as matter; spin out finely, as an argument.
- To refine; elaborate or spin out, as in argument; make very nice distinctions; split hairs.
- Also spelled subtilise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make more subtle or refined
- v. mark fine distinctions and subtleties, as among words
- v. make (senses) more keen
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