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Is there a single word in English that means something like "is-ify" or "to confer the property of existence"?

I am not looking for "create."

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    Can you clarify why "create" doesn't work for you? It's the word that is traditionally used, for example, for the description in Genesis of God "conferring the property of existence" on things... – psmears Mar 22 '11 at 13:39
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    I can't use create because it's for a theological article where "create" is a technical term. – Yitzchak Mar 22 '11 at 13:43
  • instantiate works in some cases, as well. – jbelacqua Mar 23 '11 at 4:05
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Synonyms of create include produce, make, engender, generate, … In formal writing, you might also use reify.

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    Ah, reify, that's the one I couldn't think of! – user1579 Mar 22 '11 at 13:58
  • Thanks. I'll go with reify though I should probably define it in a footnote or something. – Yitzchak Mar 22 '11 at 14:05
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Embody or engender might work in a theological context.

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"Realise" (though its more common meaning of "come to understand" may get in the way)

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