Definition of stylize in English:


(British stylise)


[with object]usually as adjective stylized
  • Depict or treat in a mannered and non-realistic style.

    ‘gracefully shaped vases decorated with stylized but recognizable white lilies’
    • ‘On the roof, a series of large, stylized gargoyles stand watch over the structure.’
    • ‘In three small portraits, Nutt brings old-master technique into play with his own odd approach to stylizing the human body.’
    • ‘The Russians clearly took folk dances and stylized them so they became part of the ballet vocabulary.’
    • ‘His protagonists are outsiders, living in these stylized worlds but still not a part of them.’
    • ‘The depiction is stylized, as are most of the drawings of ancient Peruvian cultures.’
    • ‘Its main characteristics are stylized animals with more realistic proportions and the use of plant motifs.’
    • ‘She showed a very stylized grid of possible positions and sizes for content in the basic page layouts.’
    • ‘Beyond simply looking fantastic the wildly stylized world of the film is an obvious reminder not to take things too literally.’
    • ‘It is a highly codified and stylized art form with a rich literature of analysis.’
    • ‘I'm making a very stylized film, and yet the dialogue and characters should be pretty real.’
    • ‘It's nice to see a small band on a small stage embraced the now stylized histrionics of rock and roll.’
    • ‘It has an octagonal medallion within which a highly stylized woman drives a chariot in the clouds.’
    • ‘From a distance Hughes Henge appears to be a simple, stylized image of Stonehenge.’
    • ‘The camera records and we watch; there is very little high-speed editing or stylized camera technique.’
    • ‘Yet all its lavishly stylized violence is not enough to compensate for the flaws in the source material.’
    • ‘It wants to be simple and modern but it also wants to be highly stylized, and so it is neither.’
    • ‘His films are so stylized that you need the input to make sure you're getting it right.’
    • ‘Of course, as in any stylized comedy, the characters are slightly unrealistic.’
    • ‘They won't even let themselves be in the presence of the truth, because it would shatter their very stylised view of things.’
    • ‘The Maya of Central America were still carving stylized warriors in relief in ad 500.’
    symbolic, stylized, figurative, emblematic
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Late 19th century: from style, suggested by German stilisiren.