Definition of concretize in US English:


(British concretise)


[with object]
  • Make (an idea or concept) real; give specific or definite form to.

    ‘the theme park is an attempt to concretize our fantasies’
    • ‘That's exactly why Mr Ramlogan ended his treatise with the implicit suggestion of structural transformation to concretise the concept of ‘power to the people’.’
    • ‘Recent events have exacerbated intra-Kurdish antagonisms, but also concretized the autonomy that already exists.’
    • ‘How can people in such a context concretise their own empowerment?’
    • ‘For him it was a means of revealing the divine principle and concretizing a personal vision of the Supreme Being that had been vouchsafed to him.’
    • ‘The establishment of a nation state fueled messianic visions, and may have concretized some ideas that should have been kept more fluid.’
    • ‘So we would like to wait and see whether the assurances that he's now held out in recent days are actually concretized in terms of action on the ground.’
    • ‘He concretized the notion of the triple heritage of modern Africa: traditional, Islamic, and European.’
    • ‘It's like concretizing a moment in the present.’
    • ‘The decreasing visibility occurred in part because of the attempt to concretize images of political modernization in the city.’
    • ‘But I always ask people three questions about accountability to try and concretise the discussion.’
    • ‘Summing up the results of analysis and encyclopedia definitions and concretizing them on the basis of appropriate subjects of military engineering, we can decide on the following interpretation.’
    • ‘The writer is aware of this, it seems, and the book is a catalogue of his attempts to concretise emotion.’
    • ‘The stone embankment came up in Hari Singh's regime and was further concretized by the successive governments.’
    • ‘You could forgive Wolff for overlooking Powers' piece if he'd concretized the idea of liberal humorlessness with specific readings from the humorless left.’
    • ‘One might be excused for appreciating Baechler's black and white cameos less as independent sculptures than as concretized images detached from his paintings.’
    • ‘Beside the production work, does it take you a lot of time to concretise your ideas?’
    • ‘Students can be invited to examine the relationship between ‘public’ and ‘private’ dynamics of power and violence, exploring and concretizing the concept of ‘intersections.’’
    • ‘Despite the economic and social laws of Moribundian society, a clear class structure does exist, and it is a society in which characters concretise their class stereotypes at all levels and at all times.’
    • ‘As one reads into the New Testament lessons, the idea of the new song can be concretized first through an understanding of the Greek translation of ‘new song.’’
    • ‘The highlight of her career was her 1893 appearance at the Chicago World's Fair where her pancake-flipping antics and tales of slavery concretized a negative stereotype of African American women.’
    personify, incorporate, give human form to, give human shape to, realize, manifest, express, symbolize, represent, epitomize, stand for, encapsulate, typify, exemplify
    View synonyms