from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make real or specific: "The need to simplify and concretize . . . was hardly acceptable to a mind fascinated by the . . . suggestiveness of ideas” ( Arthur A. Cohen).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make substantial, real, or tangible; to represent or embody a concept through a particular instance or example.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make specific; give definiteness to.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make something concrete
- v. become specific
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Basically, what CIP Summer School has done for me is to concretize the fact that our lives are knit up together, our futures are inseparable.
There are those who, for a variety of reasons, will concretize these visions and insist that these images are literally true, but the initial vision that brought these visions to us, whether Zeus, a man/elephant, or a pair of snakes, are not descriptions of actual people of objects, but are mystical poetry that contain a truth.
Justice is a value that often lies behind law which attempt to express and concretize that value across society.
I think it's going to concretize more seductively the things that we can imagine.
I'm much more likely to begin with a scene, an image, which I then have to work at to concretize in the reader's imagination.
Too large a topic to explore in detail here, I want to conclude by suggesting how two ramifications of her parents 'promotion of reason as the path to perfectibility through their creative writings helps to concretize Shelley's origins and legacy as author of
Changing our mental labels to "someone trying to help" and "people in need" is also helpful so long as we do not concretize the two.
My own belief is that even if such things have little intrinsic significance, they (so to speak) concretize other, larger matters that may be lurking unexpressed beneath the surface of collective awareness.
Voltaire lived long enough to see some of his long-term legacies start to concretize.
We concretize what is abstract and integral because we need to raise money and people feel better writing checks.