transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1826 to make literal • literalization noun

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  • Literalize — Lit er*al*ize (l[i^]t [ e]r*al*[imac]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Literalized} (l[i^]t [ e]r*al*[imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Literalizing} (l[i^]t [ e]r*al*[imac]*z[i^]ng).] To make literal; to interpret or put in practice according to the strict… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • literalize — index construe (translate) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • literalize — (Amer.) v. interpret in a literal manner, elucidate literally; make literal (also literalise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • literalize — [lit′ər əl īz΄] vt. literalized, literalizing 1. to make (a translation, etc.) literal 2. to interpret according to the literal sense literalization n …   English World dictionary

  • literalize — literal ► ADJECTIVE 1) using or interpreting words in their usual or most basic sense without metaphor or allegory. 2) (of a translation) representing the exact words of the original text. 3) free from distortion. 4) informal absolute (used for… …   English terms dictionary

  • literalize — verb make literal literalize metaphors • Syn: ↑literalise • Ant: ↑spiritualize • Hypernyms: ↑interpret, ↑construe, ↑see …   Useful english dictionary

  • literalize — literalization, n. literalizer, n. /lit euhr euh luyz /, v.t., literalized, literalizing. to make literal; interpret literally. Also, esp. Brit., literalise. [1820 30; LITERAL + IZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • literalize — verb To make literal or prosaic …   Wiktionary

  • literalize — lit·er·al·ize …   English syllables

  • literalize — lit•er•al•ize [[t]ˈlɪt ər əˌlaɪz[/t]] v. t. ized, iz•ing 1) to make literal 2) to interpret literally • Etymology: 1820–30 lit er•al•i•za′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

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