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analogy +‎ -ize


analogize (third-person singular simple present analogizes, present participle analogizing, simple past and past participle analogized)

  1. To express as an analogy.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)
    The teacher analogised swotting for an exam in terms of marathon training.
  2. (transitive) To treat one thing as analogous to another.
    • 2009 January 16, Ginia Bellafante, “A Daffy Suburban Family Comes Out of 3 Closets”, in New York Times[1]:
      Repulsion over polygamy is so ingrained in the American consciousness — analogizing it to slavery, the Republican platform of 1856 called it one of the country’s “twin relics of barbarism” — that judgmentally reveling in the exotic perversions of “Big Love” feels like something on the order of a national right.
    • 2015 November 1, Hendrik Hertzberg, “That G.O.P. Debate: Two Footnotes”, in The New Yorker[2]:
      Cruz was obviously analogizing Bernie Sanders to the Bolsheviks and Hillary Clinton to the Mensheviks. The oleaginous Texan is an erudite slyboots, but his history is off-kilter.
    • 2016, Robert Kerr, How Postmodernism Explains Football and Football Explains Postmodernism:
      Writing objective history or raising a teenager may be like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall, as those and other challenging tasks have been popularly analogized.
    • 2022 April 22, Lee Kovarsky, “Justices will clarify how death-row prisoners can contest a state’s method of execution”, in SCOTUSblog:
      Nance and the United States analogize any responsive authorization that follows a successful lethal injection challenge to responsive appropriations that would follow a successful Section 1983 claim for improved health care.

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  1. inflection of analogizar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative