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lit·er·al·ize

 (lĭt′ər-ə-līz′)
tr.v. lit·er·al·ized, lit·er·al·iz·ing, lit·er·al·iz·es
To make literal.

literalize

(ˈlɪtərəlˌaɪz) or

literalise

vb (tr)
to make literal or interpret literally

lit•er•al•ize

(ˈlɪt ər əˌlaɪz)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to make literal.
2. to interpret literally.
[1820–30]
lit`er•al•i•za′tion, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.literalize - make literal; "literalize metaphors"
construe, interpret, see - make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?"
spiritualise, spiritualize - give a spiritual meaning to; read in a spiritual sense
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