Definition of physicalize in English:


transitive verb

(also British physicalise)
[with object]
  • Express or represent by physical means or in physical terms.

    ‘physicalizing your anger can help release tension’
    • ‘Pavlov's paradigm physicalized associationism, turning its content into something more measurable while preserving its associative form intact.’
    • ‘Some of the aspects of the story are physicalised, so it's not quite the same as a play - over half of it is non-verbal - but we wrote what we felt was a really good solid storyline.’
    • ‘Was it some physicalised premonition and I'm going to accidentally cut my hand off this evening?’
    • ‘It soon became apparent that Pilobolus was physicalizing the face of our culture that permits our more regressed instincts to rule.’
    • ‘But his retreat from such conjunctions of sexuality, speech, and physicality is undermined by his own synesthesic, physicalized reaction to the stanza itself.’
    • ‘Watching this intense, vividly physicalized abstraction about body, mind, and personal destiny was both exhilarating and exhausting.’
    • ‘The cotton balls physicalized the modular elements of the grid to an unprecedented extent and were only the first outlandish shock in the work.’
    • ‘There is a way to physicalize the sign… the word… to do this through the eyes.’
    • ‘He's found imaginative ways to, as he says, ‘physicalize a student's knowledge’ by integrating ABT's repertoire into general studies.’
    • ‘They picture buildings distorted by dazzling sunspots that physicalize the relationship between image and viewer.’
    • ‘Peter Fitzpatrick's concept, physicalising the anachronistic contrast in each character's ‘journey’ in a curve around the room, kept the audience engaged and involved in the complexities of the text.’
    • ‘This is a pretty standard go at physicalising the narrative.’
    • ‘At first my heart sank: I thought we were going to be in for the kind of numbing literalness that often accompanies physicalised literary adaptations.’
    • ‘But what Perceval has done is to physicalise Racine and to capture, in a confined setting, the all-powerful nature of erotic passion.’
    • ‘Cole experiences the self ‘like a needle, pushing in a vein, deeply conflicted, oddly physicalized and painfully aware of itself.’’
    • ‘In this relentless endeavor to ‘physicalize’ language, he also uses - once again, rather like Chinese - the infinitive, unconjugated, form of verbs.’
    • ‘Byrne develops this beleaguered-performer shtick to Basil Fawlty-like levels of physicalised impatience.’
    • ‘Making the audience an active part of viewing instead of the passive consumer of physicalized intentions has resulted in a greater sense of the vitality and multiplicity of images and performances as events.’
    • ‘In each of these cultural contexts, dance works to illuminate attitudes toward the body and to exemplify patterns of physicalized sociability through which all bodies relate.’



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