Definition of intellectualize in US English:

intellectualize

verb

[with object]
  • 1Give an intellectual character to.

    ‘belief was a gut feeling—it couldn't be intellectualized’
    • ‘She doesn't like to intellectualise things too much and thinks we don't rely on our emotions and instincts nearly enough any more.’
    • ‘My work is never meant to be intellectualised.’
    • ‘If you think about the answer, verbalize it or intellectualize it, you will never get the answer.’
    • ‘I could easily intellectualize the tragedy by arguing that the U.S. had provoked it.’
    • ‘Performance artists are always so goddamn self-important and intellectualizing everything they do.’
    • ‘They intellectualize it until you realize why they spend so much time alone ‘writing dissertations.’’
    • ‘I've tried to intellectualise this addiction.’
    • ‘I think these questions and the temptation to over intellectualize the installation are an unfortunate distraction.’
    • ‘The French can intellectualise anything - food and drink, football, being and nothingness.’
    • ‘However, let it be known that I'm not merely trying to snobbishly intellectualise things.’
    • ‘It has been intellectualised, bureacratised and paid for!’
    • ‘I can intellectualize it and think about what I might do.’
    • ‘‘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’.’
    • ‘There's this whole trend to try to intellectualise it, but you just can't.’
    • ‘People respond to a look, to the bond between actors - but I hate to intellectualise it.’
    • ‘I intellectualize facts, process them, shake my head at them.’
    • ‘But I am intellectualizing this book, which can only give you the experience of dislocation viscerally, through the flow of its language.’
    • ‘She said she did not intellectualise music and let the violins just wash over her.’
    • ‘Then I had to go back to school where everyone was analysing and intellectualising everything.’
    • ‘It puts graffiti into a new context that intellectualizes the motivations of the artists.’
    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’
    • ‘We don't really intellectualize, or concentrate on anything else other than making the music.’
    • ‘All he can do is to intellectualize about this experience, sympathizing with it the best he can.’
    • ‘Be willing to intellectualize about China at the drop of a hat.’
    • ‘If you ponder or intellectualize, the film slows down.’
    • ‘Most of the time, it's not enough to sit in a room and intellectualize about markets.’
    • ‘It's one thing to theorize and intellectualize about such things, but very difficult to realize that it actually can happen.’
    • ‘I intellectualized further, and realized that there was a distinction between two kinds of being ‘left alone.’’
    • ‘Often I have a gut feeling about something or somebody, but I think a lot of people have a tendency to intellectualise too much.’
    • ‘So I think the attempts to try and intellectualise about the game are misjudged.’
    • ‘When it comes right down to it though, Wingo would much prefer not to intellectualize about art.’
    • ‘We do not have to intellectualize about why this happens - we know that people are passionate.’
    • ‘But if my goal is to intellectualise - to write academically - then I think in English and write accordingly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I could intellectualise, of course I could, tracing influences and references and justifications.’
    • ‘We can talk about dance and intellectualize about it forever.’
    • ‘If one wants to intellectualize about Gallo's work, it doesn't make especially rigorous sense.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I envied the animals for their absolute lack of pretense and their unwillingness to intellectualize.’
    • ‘This is a movie that doesn't make you think, ponder, or intellectualize about any of its story or characters.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

intellectualize

/ˌin(t)əˈlek(t)SH(o͞o)əˌlīz//ˌɪn(t)əˈlɛk(t)ʃ(u)əˌlaɪz/