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Meaning of SUBTILIZE

Pronunciation:  'sut`lIz

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  make more keen, as of the senses
  2. [v]  make more subtle or refined
  3. [v]  mark fine distinctions and subtleties, as among words
 

SUBTILIZE is a 9 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: rarefy, sublimate, subtilise
 
 See Also: alter, change, discriminate, heighten, know apart, sharpen

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Sub"til*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Subtilized}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Subtilizing}.] [L. subtiliser.]
    1. To make thin or fine; to make less gross or coarse.
    
    2. To refine; to spin into niceties; as, to subtilize
       arguments.
    
             Nor as yet have we subtilized ourselves into
             savages.                              --Burke.
    
    
  2. \Sub"til*ize\, v. i.
    To refine in argument; to make very nice distinctions.
    --Milner.
    
    
 

 

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