lyricize

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

lyric +‎ -ize

Verb[edit]

lyricize (third-person singular simple present lyricizes, present participle lyricizing, simple past and past participle lyricized)

  1. (transitive) To make lyrical; to treat in a poetically sentimental or emotional manner.
  2. (transitive) To provide lyrics for (an existing melody).
    • 2009 May 11, Stephen Holden, “The Gershwin Brother Who Treasured His Dictionary”, in New York Times[1]:
      Three numbers were taken from “The Shocking Miss Pilgrim,” a 1947 Betty Grable movie whose musical score consisted of posthumously lyricized George Gershwin tunes.

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