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concrete +‎ -ize


concretize (third-person singular simple present concretizes, present participle concretizing, simple past and past participle concretized)

  1. (transitive) To make substantial, real, or tangible; to represent or embody a concept through a particular instance or example.
    • 1962, Charles Hartshorne, "How Some Speak and Yet Do Not Speak of God," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, vol. 23, no. 2, p. 275,
      An essence exists if and only if it is actualized or concretized somehow, in some concrete form.
    • 1999, Sherry D. Akins, "Vital Signs: Teaching and Grieving," The American Journal of Nursing, vol. 99, no. 8, p. 88,
      But Ms. Yauger's death concretized these abstract discussions and theories.
    • 2003, Larry Alexander, "Is Judicial Review Democratic? A Comment on Harel," Law and Philosophy, vol. 22, no. 3-4, p. 280,
      Rights in this way stem from social conventions that concretize and shape the values that underlie them.

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