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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fik-shuh-nl-ahyz]
    • /ˈfɪk ʃə nlˌaɪz/
    • /ˈfɪk.ʃə.nə.ˌlaɪz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fik-shuh-nl-ahyz]
    • /ˈfɪk ʃə nlˌaɪz/

Definitions of fictionalize word

  • verb with object fictionalize to make into fiction; give a somewhat imaginative or fictional version of: to fictionalize a biography. 1
  • noun fictionalize To retell something real as if it were fiction, especially by fabricating falsehoods. 1
  • transitive verb fictionalize write a dramatized version 1
  • verb fictionalize To fictionalize an account of something that really happened means to tell it as a story, with some details changed or added. 0
  • verb fictionalize to make into fiction or give a fictional aspect to 0
  • verb transitive fictionalize to deal with (historical events, a person's life, etc.) in fictional form, as in a narrative that includes imaginary events, characters, dialogue, etc. 0

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Origin of fictionalize

First appearance:

before 1920
One of the 12% newest English words
First recorded in 1920-25; fictional + -ize

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Parts of speech for Fictionalize


fictionalize popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 44% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

fictionalize usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fictionalize

verb fictionalize

  • fabricate — to make by art or skill and labor; construct: The finest craftspeople fabricated this clock.
  • transpose — to change the relative position, order, or sequence of; cause to change places; interchange: to transpose the third and fourth letters of a word.
  • falsify — to make false or incorrect, especially so as to deceive: to falsify income-tax reports.
  • novelize — to put into the form of a novel: He tried to novelize one of Shakespeare's plays.
  • fictionize — fictionalize.

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