Definition of intellectualize in English:

intellectualize

(British intellectualise)

verb

  • 1with object Give an intellectual character to.

    ‘belief was a gut feeling—it couldn't be intellectualized’
    • ‘People respond to a look, to the bond between actors - but I hate to intellectualise it.’
    • ‘My work is never meant to be intellectualised.’
    • ‘I could easily intellectualize the tragedy by arguing that the U.S. had provoked it.’
    • ‘She said she did not intellectualise music and let the violins just wash over her.’
    • ‘They intellectualize it until you realize why they spend so much time alone ‘writing dissertations.’’
    • ‘I've tried to intellectualise this addiction.’
    • ‘‘I just don't have the answers so it's not a question of me not wanting to talk about something; it's more that I can't intellectualize my work’.’
    • ‘Performance artists are always so goddamn self-important and intellectualizing everything they do.’
    • ‘Then I had to go back to school where everyone was analysing and intellectualising everything.’
    • ‘If you think about the answer, verbalize it or intellectualize it, you will never get the answer.’
    • ‘It puts graffiti into a new context that intellectualizes the motivations of the artists.’
    • ‘It has been intellectualised, bureacratised and paid for!’
    • ‘However, let it be known that I'm not merely trying to snobbishly intellectualise things.’
    • ‘I can intellectualize it and think about what I might do.’
    • ‘But I am intellectualizing this book, which can only give you the experience of dislocation viscerally, through the flow of its language.’
    • ‘I think these questions and the temptation to over intellectualize the installation are an unfortunate distraction.’
    • ‘She doesn't like to intellectualise things too much and thinks we don't rely on our emotions and instincts nearly enough any more.’
    • ‘The French can intellectualise anything - food and drink, football, being and nothingness.’
    • ‘I intellectualize facts, process them, shake my head at them.’
    • ‘There's this whole trend to try to intellectualise it, but you just can't.’
    think rationally, think logically, think straight, use one's mind, use one's common sense, use one's head, use one's brain, think things through, cogitate
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  • 2no object Talk, write, or think intellectually.

    ‘people who intellectualize about fashion’
    • ‘This is a movie that doesn't make you think, ponder, or intellectualize about any of its story or characters.’
    • ‘I envied the animals for their absolute lack of pretense and their unwillingness to intellectualize.’
    • ‘Most of the time, it's not enough to sit in a room and intellectualize about markets.’
    • ‘We don't really intellectualize, or concentrate on anything else other than making the music.’
    • ‘When it comes right down to it though, Wingo would much prefer not to intellectualize about art.’
    • ‘We can talk about dance and intellectualize about it forever.’
    • ‘In this film, Allen doesn't seem to be trying to intellectualize about God or morality, nor does he attempt to do anything overly comedic or complex.’
    • ‘If you ponder or intellectualize, the film slows down.’
    • ‘Often I have a gut feeling about something or somebody, but I think a lot of people have a tendency to intellectualise too much.’
    • ‘But if my goal is to intellectualise - to write academically - then I think in English and write accordingly.’
    • ‘You can intellectualize all you want, but if you don't ‘feel’ confident that someone will catch you at the bottom, you aren't going to jump.’
    • ‘It's one thing to theorize and intellectualize about such things, but very difficult to realize that it actually can happen.’
    • ‘So I think the attempts to try and intellectualise about the game are misjudged.’
    • ‘Be willing to intellectualize about China at the drop of a hat.’
    • ‘I could intellectualise, of course I could, tracing influences and references and justifications.’
    • ‘I intellectualized further, and realized that there was a distinction between two kinds of being ‘left alone.’’
    • ‘Anna said that she can intellectualize about her relationship with Martin now; the passion has cooled to the point where she could walk away if she wanted to.’
    • ‘All he can do is to intellectualize about this experience, sympathizing with it the best he can.’
    • ‘If one wants to intellectualize about Gallo's work, it doesn't make especially rigorous sense.’
    • ‘We do not have to intellectualize about why this happens - we know that people are passionate.’

Pronunciation

intellectualize

/ɪntəˈlɛktʃʊəlʌɪz/