Definition of literalize in English:

literalize

(also literalise)

verb

  • See literal

    • ‘For the first time in history the myth was literalized and historicized and localized in a person who was believed gradually - not originally - to be a historical figure.’
    • ‘The use of olive oil is a personal reference to her grandmother describing her as having ‘olive’ skin, but more importantly, the fluid quality of the oil literalizes the idea of mutable identity.’
    • ‘We do not live in codpiece times where you must literalise your masculinity.’
    • ‘The image of Sisyphus and his rock literalises the sense of condemnation, alienation and felt hostility that Camus has described earlier in his essay.’
    • ‘If you want to literalize it, it's a brush-off to a subpar lover.’

Pronunciation

literalize

/ˈlɪt(ə)r(ə)lʌɪz/