subtilize


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sub·til·ize

 (sŭt′l-īz′, sŭb′tə-līz′)
v. sub·til·ized, sub·til·iz·ing, sub·til·iz·es
v.tr.
To render subtle: "I need to tell stories. I find new friends, new listeners, subtilize my lies" (Helen Yglesias).
v.intr.
To argue or discuss with subtlety; make fine distinctions.

sub′til·i·za′tion (-ĭ-zā′shən) n.

subtilize

(ˈsʌtɪˌlaɪz) or

subtilise

vb
1. (tr) to bring to a purer state; refine
2. to debate subtly
3. (tr) to make (the mind, etc) keener
ˌsubtiliˈzation, ˌsubtiliˈsation n
ˈsubtilˌizer, ˈsubtilˌiser n

subtilize


Past participle: subtilized
Gerund: subtilizing

Imperative
subtilize
subtilize
Present
I subtilize
you subtilize
he/she/it subtilizes
we subtilize
you subtilize
they subtilize
Preterite
I subtilized
you subtilized
he/she/it subtilized
we subtilized
you subtilized
they subtilized
Present Continuous
I am subtilizing
you are subtilizing
he/she/it is subtilizing
we are subtilizing
you are subtilizing
they are subtilizing
Present Perfect
I have subtilized
you have subtilized
he/she/it has subtilized
we have subtilized
you have subtilized
they have subtilized
Past Continuous
I was subtilizing
you were subtilizing
he/she/it was subtilizing
we were subtilizing
you were subtilizing
they were subtilizing
Past Perfect
I had subtilized
you had subtilized
he/she/it had subtilized
we had subtilized
you had subtilized
they had subtilized
Future
I will subtilize
you will subtilize
he/she/it will subtilize
we will subtilize
you will subtilize
they will subtilize
Future Perfect
I will have subtilized
you will have subtilized
he/she/it will have subtilized
we will have subtilized
you will have subtilized
they will have subtilized
Future Continuous
I will be subtilizing
you will be subtilizing
he/she/it will be subtilizing
we will be subtilizing
you will be subtilizing
they will be subtilizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been subtilizing
you have been subtilizing
he/she/it has been subtilizing
we have been subtilizing
you have been subtilizing
they have been subtilizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been subtilizing
you will have been subtilizing
he/she/it will have been subtilizing
we will have been subtilizing
you will have been subtilizing
they will have been subtilizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been subtilizing
you had been subtilizing
he/she/it had been subtilizing
we had been subtilizing
you had been subtilizing
they had been subtilizing
Conditional
I would subtilize
you would subtilize
he/she/it would subtilize
we would subtilize
you would subtilize
they would subtilize
Past Conditional
I would have subtilized
you would have subtilized
he/she/it would have subtilized
we would have subtilized
you would have subtilized
they would have subtilized
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.subtilize - mark fine distinctions and subtleties, as among words
discriminate, know apart - recognize or perceive the difference
2.subtilize - make more subtle or refined
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
3.subtilize - make (senses) more keen
heighten, sharpen - make (one's senses) more acute; "This drug will sharpen your vision"
Translations

subtilize

[ˈsʌtɪlaɪz]
A. VTsutilizar
B. VIsutilizar
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Austen uses every instrument available to create and subtilize meaning--colored narrative and free indirect discourse, irony, word play, shifts in tone, ironic surprises in sentence structure.
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