intellectualize

/in'tl ek"chooh euh luyz'/, v., intellectualized, intellectualizing.
v.t.
1. to seek or consider the rational content or form of.
2. to make intellectual.
3. to analyze (something) intellectually or rationally.
4. to ignore the emotional or psychological significance of (an action, feeling, dream, etc.) by an excessively intellectual or abstract explanation.
v.i.
5. to talk or write intellectually; reason; philosophize: to intellectualize about world problems.
Also, esp. Brit., intellectualise.
[1810-20; INTELLECTUAL + -IZE]

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