from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To furnish a rational structure or meaning for.
- transitive v. To avoid psychological insight into (an emotional problem) by performing an intellectual analysis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To treat in an intellectual manner; to discuss or express intellectually.
- v. To endow with intellect; to bestow intellectual qualities upon; to cause to become intellectual.
- v. (transitive) to find a seemingly rational explanation for something:
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To treat in an intellectual manner; to discuss intellectually; to reduce to intellectual form; to express intellectually; to idealize.
- transitive v. To endow with intellect; to bestow intellectual qualities upon; to cause to become intellectual.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To treat or reason upon in an intellectual manner.
- To inform or endow with intellect; cause to become intellectual; develop the intellect or intellectuality of.
- To give or attribute an intellectual or ideal character or aspect to; idealize.
- Also spelled intellectualise.
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In fact, "intellectualize" does appear to be a word meaning "to furnish a rational structure or meaning for," so I guess he's saying only liberals would judge "most liberal Senator" based on a rational meaning of "liberal."
No true conservative know-nothing would use the word "intellectualize"!
I look at him, and I think deborah is right that he would be confused and frightened if you tried to "intellectualize" the holocaust for him.
The worst way one can teach the Holocaust to kids this young is to, as you put it, "intellectualize" it.
She could intellectualize romantic love, but not feel it.
I cannot over emphasize, don't over intellectualize your African battery.
Ms. Quinlan: She's able to intellectualize the accent and speak about it in ways other people might not.
"You start off hearing one thing, but when you begin to give up listening to one certain aspect of it or trying to intellectualize it, it opens up and you begin to float."
Are we so desperate to intellectualize that all nouns must be verbed?
We can intellectualize Christianity, but talking about it with our children is another story altogether.