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tr.v. lit·er·al·ized, lit·er·al·iz·ing, lit·er·al·iz·es
To make literal.
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(ˈlɪtərəlˌaɪz) or


vb (tr)
to make literal or interpret literally
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(ˈlɪt ər əˌlaɪz)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to make literal.
2. to interpret literally.
lit`er•al•i•za′tion, n.
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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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Other practices on display literalize in poetic ways the very definition of photography as light-writing, achieving modes of site-specific imagemaking that go well beyond the Barthesian "that has been" to index the photograph even more tightly to its place and time of capture.
While "globalization" is presented to us in our everyday lives as if there is no distance between the literal and the figurative, works like the Mars trilogy help to literalize the transformations wrought by this latest stage of capitalism, then it also helps to defamiliarize them--i.e., precipitate a reflection on the strangeness of the global.
Jewish return in recent times to the city which has been the source of its imagination has resulted in a politics that attempts to literalize metaphor, reclaiming the long-imagined city as Real or as Real Estate, claiming the Temple Mount as place of sacrifice and not of substitution, of one story and not of multiple narratives, of one chosen son and not two -or three.
The situations in which McGlynn places his characters often seem to literalize that old cliche about being caught between a rock and a hard place.
We are going to literalize his journey as much as we can." Textual tweaks and performance and technical sleights of hand will be designed to make viewers feel they are losing control of their senses, mirroring the hero's descent into madness.
It explains that, when the author read Nick's second draft, with its attempt to objectify subjective experience in ways that her other students were in the process of mastering, she decided to literalize these performances, of genre, of self, and see if she could bring all of her students into a literal conversation with their texts, a move that would publicly reveal their own "reads"; she assigned dramatic dialogues, an interaction with the authors under consideration, hoping that the absurdity of the assignment would demystify some of the "cache" that the works possessed.
which to me seemed like the only worthwhile ones." For Peri Rossi that worth is centered in language--in fact many of the stories take as their conceits language itself, usually figures of speech such as "Time Heals All Wounds," "Deaf as a Doorknob," or "Between a Rock and a Hard Place." Peri Rossi's technique is to literalize these cliches, revealing their metaphorical and lyrical potential as she pushes them to wonderful, dream-logical conclusions.
The "children" of Lieb's title are those who seek to literalize, or technologize, the ineffable centered in this vision and to harness its power (ultimately God's power) to their own ends.
Truman used his matter-of-fact manner and plain style of speaking to emphasize as well as literalize the image of a global emergency, marking and underlining his reading copy of the speech accordingly.
At points, the argument falls prey to an often-noted tendency on the part of new historicist (sometimes called cultural materialist) criticism - the general theoretical bias of Nobody's Story - to literalize a single metaphor, in this case that of the economic market, to the point that its metaphorical status (its role as analogy or textual substitute) virtually dissolves.
In his most recent book, Jesus for the Non-Religious, Spong argues that "to literalize Easter has become the defining heresy of traditional Protestant and Catholic Christianity."
If one is able to plow through dense and turgid academic jargon, replete with words like "problematize," "deprivilegize," and "literalize," one might find some rather astute insights.