Definition of stylize in English:


(British stylise)


[with object]usually as adjective stylized
  • Depict or treat in a mannered and non-realistic style.

    ‘gracefully shaped vases decorated with stylized but recognizable white lilies’
    • ‘It is a highly codified and stylized art form with a rich literature of analysis.’
    • ‘From a distance Hughes Henge appears to be a simple, stylized image of Stonehenge.’
    • ‘It has an octagonal medallion within which a highly stylized woman drives a chariot in the clouds.’
    • ‘Its main characteristics are stylized animals with more realistic proportions and the use of plant motifs.’
    • ‘On the roof, a series of large, stylized gargoyles stand watch over the structure.’
    • ‘Of course, as in any stylized comedy, the characters are slightly unrealistic.’
    • ‘The Russians clearly took folk dances and stylized them so they became part of the ballet vocabulary.’
    • ‘I'm making a very stylized film, and yet the dialogue and characters should be pretty real.’
    • ‘She showed a very stylized grid of possible positions and sizes for content in the basic page layouts.’
    • ‘His protagonists are outsiders, living in these stylized worlds but still not a part of them.’
    • ‘The camera records and we watch; there is very little high-speed editing or stylized camera technique.’
    • ‘The depiction is stylized, as are most of the drawings of ancient Peruvian cultures.’
    • ‘It's nice to see a small band on a small stage embraced the now stylized histrionics of rock and roll.’
    • ‘Beyond simply looking fantastic the wildly stylized world of the film is an obvious reminder not to take things too literally.’
    • ‘Yet all its lavishly stylized violence is not enough to compensate for the flaws in the source material.’
    • ‘The Maya of Central America were still carving stylized warriors in relief in ad 500.’
    • ‘His films are so stylized that you need the input to make sure you're getting it right.’
    • ‘It wants to be simple and modern but it also wants to be highly stylized, and so it is neither.’
    • ‘In three small portraits, Nutt brings old-master technique into play with his own odd approach to stylizing the human body.’
    • ‘They won't even let themselves be in the presence of the truth, because it would shatter their very stylised view of things.’
    symbolic, stylized, figurative, emblematic


Late 19th century from style, suggested by German stilisiren.