Definition of objectify in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Degrade to the status of a mere object.

    ‘a deeply sexist attitude that objectifies women’
    • ‘This all reminds me much of clients who come to me begging to serve me, to make them utterly obedient, to humiliate and degrade and objectify them - just as they have imagined it in their fantasies, to the note.’
    • ‘That wasn't enough for the feminist groups, who said a publicly funded company shouldn't be objectifying women, whether they're in swimsuits or not.’
    • ‘The cover photo was blatantly objectifying women.’
    • ‘They see it as objectifying women and perpetuating sexist notions about women.’
    • ‘Beanie objectifies and degrades women and preaches the virtues of hustling, macking, gun-toting, drug dealing and pot smoking with the best of them.’
    • ‘This is particularly true when they run a beer company whose main marketing campaign consists of objectifying a pair of blond twin sisters.’
    • ‘I challenge you to tell me one mainstream non-sex industry, non-celebrity culture mainstream profession in which part of the job description is that one must be sexually objectified or treated like a literal object.’
    • ‘We have no education, no money, no political empowerment and we have objectified women to a level that is very degrading.’
    • ‘So blame me for objectifying males, I will take it, because we are really not much better than men when it comes to watching our sex objects.’
    • ‘A danger exists that they will be objectified and degraded.’
    • ‘‘Porn is wrong’ goes the old argument ‘because it objectifies women and confirms their status as little more than sex toys.’’
    • ‘If the company really cared about preventing domestic violence, it would stop sexist advertising that objectifies women and contributes to attitudes that allow domestic violence to continue.’
    • ‘For years I wasn't into wearing anything ‘sexy’, feeling that I would just be perpetuating a sexist objectified view of femaleness that was shoved down my throat via the covers of magazines.’
    • ‘Doubtless, any of these stories could be denounced as ‘sexist’ because they objectify women's bodies.’
    • ‘Gloria Steinem hadn't seen anything in the 60's and the 70's compared to what the toy industry is teaching boys about objectifying girls.’
    • ‘You are presenting your body in an objectifying and degrading manner.’
    • ‘‘The cover photo was blatantly objectifying women,’ they wrote.’
    • ‘We don't want to give the impression that we're objectifying people.’
    • ‘Today's objectified male also covers the crucial balding-guy with an attitude problem category.’
    • ‘A word to the wise, our blonde hair is not an intentional means of buying into the consumerist ideal of the perfect women, nor are we objectifying the female form by wearing tight clothes.’
  • 2Express (something abstract) in a concrete form.

    ‘good poetry objectifies feeling’
    • ‘It never objectifies the subject of the violence, nor does it dehumanize the perpetrators of violence.’
    • ‘Playing in public not only isolates the pianist: it isolates and objectifies the work of music, and it turns the performance into an object as well.’
    • ‘This is where he differs from the fundamentalists who always objectify Truth as something external to them and ask everyone to follow it.’
    • ‘The tool for representing, for objectifying one's experience in order to deal with it, culture, is so saturated with male bias that women almost never have a chance to see themselves culturally through their own eyes.’
    • ‘Such happenings are the norm, whereas objectified, meaningless processes are products of a theoretical attitude that is neither normal nor philosophically necessary.’
    • ‘So it came as a surprise to contemporaries that Stanley Kubrick, the genius behind the stunning montage shots and obscure symbolism of 2001: A Space Odyssey, should turn that ruthlessly objectifying skill of his to a Steven King novel.’
    • ‘Sharon seems to be deflecting on the art of understanding poetry in itself, because she objectifies this work with the woman as she knew her.’
    • ‘Writing about the problem seems to objectify it, make it less important.’
    • ‘The results of this expulsion are objectified in the shameless episodes and the sinless attitudes that currently identify wrongdoing in the human community.’
    • ‘The effect has been to objectify these occupations and give short shrift to their mythologizers: at least to those who would see a mythos as crude as Confucianism.’
    • ‘Sayer explains that new undergrads in sociology will, eventually and unfortunately, be taught to objectify class and distance themselves from it, in order to ‘better’ study it.’
    • ‘The negative publicity washes off Neil, who says he can use his barrister's mind to objectify the slurs.’
    • ‘Moreover, images and captions are always in accordance, focusing on the same event, so that, no other point of view on the action is showed, objectifying the events.’
    • ‘Ambient space plays a major role in inducing sadharanikarana, or that delicate balance between distance and nearness, essential for objectifying emotion.’
    • ‘My mother complained to the principal and the Commissioner of Education that we were being taught to glorify war, admire military strategy, and objectify the killing and maiming of human beings.’
    • ‘One's self is represented by objectifying icons: the ring of the mobile phone, emoticons and other representations.’
    • ‘We all probably think ourselves capable of switching off ideology and interest, of objectifying the task at hand.’
    • ‘By objectifying life we also objectify ourselves.’
    • ‘The newsiness imposes an authority over her and objectifies the very strength of character that makes her so appealing and human.’
    • ‘The depersonalised character of traditional diagnoses allowed the sufferer to objectify the condition as something ‘out there’, perhaps a somewhat forced abstraction, but one with some pragmatic value.’


Mid 19th century: from the noun object + -i- + -fy.