hypostatize [hī päs′tə tīz΄]
hypostatized, hypostatizing [< Gr hypostatos (< hyphistanai: see HYPOSTASIS) + -IZE]
to think of (a concept, abstraction, etc.) as having real, objective existence

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  • Hypostatize — Hy*pos ta*tize, v. t. 1. To make into, or regarded as, a separate and distinct substance. [1913 Webster] Looked upon both species and genera as hypostatized universals. Pop. Sci. Monthly. [1913 Webster] 2. To attribute actual or personal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hypostatize — reify, externalize, materialize, incarnate, *realize, actualize, embody, objectify …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • hypostatize — verb To construct a contextually subjective and complex abstraction, idea, or concept into a universal object without regard to nuance or change in character. Progressives are wrong to hypostatize their belief in mankinds eternal advance, and to… …   Wiktionary

  • hypostatize — transitive verb ( tized; tizing) Etymology: Greek hypostatos substantially existing, from hyphistasthai Date: 1829 to attribute real identity to (a concept) • hypostatization noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hypostatize — hypostatization, n. /huy pos teuh tuyz , hi /, v.t., hypostatized, hypostatizing. to treat or regard (a concept, idea, etc.) as a distinct substance or reality. Also, esp. Brit., hypostatise. [1820 30; < Gk hypostat(ós) (see HYPOSTATIC) + IZE] *… …   Universalium

  • hypostatize — v. recognize as existing, recognize as a reality …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hypostatize — verb North American term for hypostasize …   English new terms dictionary

  • hypostatize — hy·pos·ta·tize …   English syllables

  • hypostatize — hy•pos•ta•tize [[t]haɪˈpɒs təˌtaɪz, hɪ [/t]] v. t. tized, tiz•ing pho to treat or regard (a concept) as a distinct substance or reality • Etymology: 1820–30; < Gk hypostat(ós) placed under, supporting, v. adj. of hyphistánai to place under… …   From formal English to slang

  • hypostatize — verb construe as a real existence, of a conceptual entity • Syn: ↑hypostatise • Derivationally related forms: ↑hypostatisation (for: ↑hypostatise), ↑hypostatization, ↑hypostasis …   Useful english dictionary

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