conventionalize love



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

  • transitive v. To make conventional.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make something conventional.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make designs in art, according to conventional principles. Cf. conventionalize, v. t., 2.
  • transitive v. To make conventional; to bring under the influence of, or cause to conform to, conventional rules; to establish by usage.
  • transitive v.
  • transitive v. To represent by selecting the important features and those which are expressible in the medium employed, and omitting the others.
  • transitive v. To represent according to an established principle, whether religious or traditional, or based upon certain artistic rules of supposed importance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render conventional; bring under the influence of conventional rules; render observant of the forms and precedents of society. Specifically
  • In the fine arts, to render or represent in a conventional manner—that is, either by exact adherence to a rule or in a manner intentionally incomplete and simplified.

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

  • v. make conventional or adapt to conventions
  • v. represent according to a conventional style


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  • I'll just make studies now, and this winter I'll conventionalize them and work them into patterns.

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  • With a wondering grunt, the other complied, unrolling several small sheets of photographer's printing-out paper, to which several extraordinarily complicated and minute designs had been transferred -- strongly resembling laborious efforts to conventionalize a spider's web.

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  • We do not separate the features as frequently as did that ancient people, but we conventionalize them as often.

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