One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To tell the history of; to narrate as history.
2no object To compose history or narrative; to take a historical view of something; to act as a historian.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Bridges (?1536–1618), bishop of Oxford. From history + -ize. Compare post-classical Latin historizare. Compare botanize, etc.
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