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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 concrete, 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,”, in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, volume 23, number 2, page 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,”, in The American Journal of Nursing, volume 99, number 8, page 88:
      But Ms. Yauger's death concretized these abstract discussions and theories.
    • 2003, Larry Alexander, “Is Judicial Review Democratic? A Comment on Harel”, in Law and Philosophy, volume 22, numbers 3-4, page 280:
      Rights in this way stem from social conventions that concretize and shape the values that underlie them.
  2. (intransitive) To be embodied, to have physical representation.
    • 2001, David L. Lieber, Jules Harlow, Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary, page 1055:
      These expressions of God's concern concretize around the figure of the divine hand or arm.

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