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 (ăl′ĭ-gô-rīz′, -gə-)
v. al·le·go·rized, al·le·go·riz·ing, al·le·go·riz·es
1. To express as or in the form of an allegory: a story of barnyard animals that allegorizes the fate of Soviet socialism.
2. To interpret allegorically: allegorize the quest for the Holy Grail as an inner spiritual search.
To use or make allegory: sculptors who rendered the moral world by allegorizing.

al′le·go′ri·za′tion (-gôr′ĭ-zā′shən, -gŏr′-) n.
al′le·go·riz′er n.


(ˈælɪɡəˌraɪz) or


1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) to transform (a story, narrative, fable, etc) into or compose in the form of allegory
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (tr) to interpret allegorically
ˌallegoriˈzation, ˌallegoriˈsation n


(ˈæl ɪ gəˌraɪz)

v. -rized, -riz•ing. v.t.
1. to make into an allegory.
2. to interpret allegorically.
3. to use allegory.
[1425–75; < Late Latin]
al`le•go`ri•za′tion, n.
al′le•go•riz`er, n.


Past participle: allegorized
Gerund: allegorizing

I allegorize
you allegorize
he/she/it allegorizes
we allegorize
you allegorize
they allegorize
I allegorized
you allegorized
he/she/it allegorized
we allegorized
you allegorized
they allegorized
Present Continuous
I am allegorizing
you are allegorizing
he/she/it is allegorizing
we are allegorizing
you are allegorizing
they are allegorizing
Present Perfect
I have allegorized
you have allegorized
he/she/it has allegorized
we have allegorized
you have allegorized
they have allegorized
Past Continuous
I was allegorizing
you were allegorizing
he/she/it was allegorizing
we were allegorizing
you were allegorizing
they were allegorizing
Past Perfect
I had allegorized
you had allegorized
he/she/it had allegorized
we had allegorized
you had allegorized
they had allegorized
I will allegorize
you will allegorize
he/she/it will allegorize
we will allegorize
you will allegorize
they will allegorize
Future Perfect
I will have allegorized
you will have allegorized
he/she/it will have allegorized
we will have allegorized
you will have allegorized
they will have allegorized
Future Continuous
I will be allegorizing
you will be allegorizing
he/she/it will be allegorizing
we will be allegorizing
you will be allegorizing
they will be allegorizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been allegorizing
you have been allegorizing
he/she/it has been allegorizing
we have been allegorizing
you have been allegorizing
they have been allegorizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been allegorizing
you will have been allegorizing
he/she/it will have been allegorizing
we will have been allegorizing
you will have been allegorizing
they will have been allegorizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been allegorizing
you had been allegorizing
he/she/it had been allegorizing
we had been allegorizing
you had been allegorizing
they had been allegorizing
I would allegorize
you would allegorize
he/she/it would allegorize
we would allegorize
you would allegorize
they would allegorize
Past Conditional
I would have allegorized
you would have allegorized
he/she/it would have allegorized
we would have allegorized
you would have allegorized
they would have allegorized
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.allegorize - interpret as an allegoryallegorize - interpret as an allegory    
construe, interpret, see - make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?"
2.allegorize - make into an allegory; "The story was allegorized over time"
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"


[ˈælɪgəraɪz] VTalegorizar
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