make or treat in a certain way
Something that is tantalizing is desirable and exciting; nevertheless, it may be out of reach, perhaps due to being too expensive.
To bowdlerize a book, play, or other literary work is to remove parts of it that are considered indecent or unsuitable for family reading.
If someone is ostracized from a group, its members deliberately refuse to talk or listen to them and do not allow them to take part in any of their social activities.
If something mesmerizes you, it attracts or holds your interest so much that you do not pay attention to anything else.
A person who proselytizes tries to draw others to adopt their religion, beliefs, or causes.
When the Catholic Church canonizes someone, they are officially declared a saint; by extension, canonizing a person is to treat them as nearly sacred, whereas canonizing a work of art is to place it in an accepted group of the very best of its kind.
To temporize is to cause a delay in order to gain more time before making a final decision on something.
If people patronize you, they talk or behave in a way that seems friendly; nevertheless, they also show that they think they are more intelligent or important than you are.
When someone is lionized, they are treated as being very important or famous—although they may not deserve to be.
To aggrandize someone means to make them seem richer, more powerful, and more important than they really are.
If a doctor cauterizes a wound, they burn it with a laser or chemical to close it, which helps prevent infection.
Polarization between two groups is a division or separation caused by a difference in opinion or conflicting views.
A soft material that becomes hardened into stone over time has become fossilized.
When you maximize something, you make it as large as possible.
When someone authorizes someone to do something, they give that person official permission to do it.
To summarize something, such as a report or story, you give only the main points or most important facts about it and leave out the details.
If someone recognizes another person, she knows him when she sees him because she has seen, learned about, or met him at some point in the past.
When you realize something, you figure it out or understand it—often after taking some amount of time to do so.
When you organize things, you put them in a nice, neat order.
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