Definition of pluralize in English:


(also pluralise)


  • 1Cause to become more numerous.

    ‘this approach can have advantages in terms of pluralizing and relativizing the student's perspectives’
    • ‘They can pluralize the number of domestic actors that contribute to the definition of customary and cultural norms’
    • ‘His goal is ‘to pluralize our understanding of the philosophical era known as ‘the Enlightenment’’.’
    • ‘Also, when the euro was launched, China promised to convert 40 percent of its foreign exchange reserves into the euro and emphasized the necessity of pluralizing global currencies.’
    • ‘Moreover, the previous pluralizing has brought a greater sense of context and purpose to even the more personal songs.’
    1. 1.1 Cause to be made up of several different elements.
      ‘society has been immigrated and integrated, pluralized and multiculturized’
      • ‘Various theologies compete for attention in a highly pluralized field, and no theology has made much of a public impact.’
      • ‘In recent years, Australian society has differentiated and pluralised.’
      • ‘He argued that ‘you cannot pluralise civilisation.’
      • ‘So preparation is a behavior whose first motion instantly pluralizes itself.’
      • ‘Contemporary Western feminist theory in the 1980s moved beyond the dialogues that sought to differentiate feminisms from each other and instead began to articulate a more pluralized notion of feminism at its core.’
      • ‘It is insufficient already because it only pluralizes the perspective of observation and precisely fails to enter into the position of the participants.’
      • ‘In line with this trend, the newly pluralized social landscape also saw the appearance of a host of religious activists with backgrounds and interests different from those of classically-educated Muslim scholars (ulama).’
  • 2Give a plural form to (a word)

    ‘words sensed to be inherently plural were incorrectly pluralized’
    • ‘My biggest beef, though, is with the erroneous use of apostrophes to pluralize acronyms and abbreviations like CEOs, GIs, and CDs.’
    • ‘Intriguingly, in all 102 instances that I recorded of the phrase ‘failed businessman’ appearing in print media, only once was it a direct quotation; this is also the one time when it was pluralised.’
    • ‘If the compound is pluralized, the plural morpheme attaches only to the second element, not to the first, or to both: girl-friends, * girls-friends, * girls-friend.’
    • ‘Now I know how to pluralise a remarkable number of nouns.’
    • ‘They certainly never learned how to pluralize nouns ending in ‘y.’’