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Definition of intellectualize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

intellectualize

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verb
NAmE//ˌɪntəˈlɛktʃuəˌlaɪz//
 
[transitive, intransitive] intellectualize (something) (sometimes disapproving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they intellectualize he / she / it intellectualizes past simple intellectualized -ing form intellectualizing
 
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to deal with or explain things by thinking about them in a logical way, rather than responding emotionally Religious faith cannot be intellectualized.