Definition of pluralize in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Cause to become more numerous.

    • ‘They can pluralize the number of domestic actors that contribute to the definition of customary and cultural norms’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His goal is ‘to pluralize our understanding of the philosophical era known as ‘the Enlightenment’’.’
    1. 1.1 Cause to be made up of several different elements.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He argued that ‘you cannot pluralise civilisation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So preparation is a behavior whose first motion instantly pluralizes itself.’
      • ‘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).

    • ‘They certainly never learned how to pluralize nouns ending in ‘y.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My biggest beef, though, is with the erroneous use of apostrophes to pluralize acronyms and abbreviations like CEOs, GIs, and CDs.’
    • ‘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.’