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 (rē′ə-fī′, rā′-)
tr.v. re·i·fied, re·i·fy·ing, re·i·fies
To regard or treat (an abstraction) as if it had concrete or material existence.

[Latin rēs, rē-, thing; see rē- in Indo-European roots + -fy.]

re′i·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
re′i·fi′er n.


vb, -fies, -fying or -fied
(tr) to consider or make (an abstract idea or concept) real or concrete
[C19: from Latin rēs thing; compare deify]
ˌreifiˈcation n
ˌreifiˈcatory adj
ˈreiˌfier n


(ˈri əˌfaɪ, ˈreɪ-)

v.t. -fied, -fy•ing.
to convert into or regard as a concrete thing: to reify a concept.
[1850–55; < Latin rē(s) thing + -ify]
re`i•fi•ca′tion, n.


Past participle: reified
Gerund: reifying

I reify
you reify
he/she/it reifies
we reify
you reify
they reify
I reified
you reified
he/she/it reified
we reified
you reified
they reified
Present Continuous
I am reifying
you are reifying
he/she/it is reifying
we are reifying
you are reifying
they are reifying
Present Perfect
I have reified
you have reified
he/she/it has reified
we have reified
you have reified
they have reified
Past Continuous
I was reifying
you were reifying
he/she/it was reifying
we were reifying
you were reifying
they were reifying
Past Perfect
I had reified
you had reified
he/she/it had reified
we had reified
you had reified
they had reified
I will reify
you will reify
he/she/it will reify
we will reify
you will reify
they will reify
Future Perfect
I will have reified
you will have reified
he/she/it will have reified
we will have reified
you will have reified
they will have reified
Future Continuous
I will be reifying
you will be reifying
he/she/it will be reifying
we will be reifying
you will be reifying
they will be reifying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been reifying
you have been reifying
he/she/it has been reifying
we have been reifying
you have been reifying
they have been reifying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been reifying
you will have been reifying
he/she/it will have been reifying
we will have been reifying
you will have been reifying
they will have been reifying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been reifying
you had been reifying
he/she/it had been reifying
we had been reifying
you had been reifying
they had been reifying
I would reify
you would reify
he/she/it would reify
we would reify
you would reify
they would reify
Past Conditional
I would have reified
you would have reified
he/she/it would have reified
we would have reified
you would have reified
they would have reified
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.reify - consider an abstract concept to be real
consider, regard, view, reckon, see - deem to be; "She views this quite differently from me"; "I consider her to be shallow"; "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do"
hypostatise, hypostatize - construe as a real existence, of a conceptual entity


[ˈriːɪˌfaɪ] VTcosificar


vtverdinglichen, reifizieren (Philos)
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