What SINGLE verb means 'to make or turn positive (something)'? Urbandictionary.com contains positify, but I prefer a verb accepted by a worthy dictionary like the OED.
I seek only 1 SINGLE verb; please exclude phrasal verbs or verb phrases.

Also, what of 'to make or turn something negative'? The transitive verb 'negative' doesn't mean this; it has 2 different definitions (first, to reject'; second, 'to neutralise').

Some sample sentences of my own:

1. I wish to learn how to make positive clauses of negative polarity.

2. How can we make negative comments (or experiences) positive?

  • What do you mean by "something"? And what do you mean by "positive"? Can asparagus be positive?
    – TimR
    Commented Jun 19, 2015 at 22:10
  • @TimRomano Given his posting history here and on other stacks in the exchange, he's likely looking for a concise way to express "turning a double-negative statement into a positive assertion". That is, make a logical proposition positive grammatically/semantically. As in negate, but strictly in one direction.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Jun 19, 2015 at 22:35
  • The negative word would be negate. I'm not aware of a positive version of that.
    – Barmar
    Commented Jun 19, 2015 at 22:41
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    @Barmar Negate means "flip the logical sense, toggle". It doesn't mean "make negative". If you negate -5 you get 5, a positive number. If you Johnny doesn't like apples, you get Johnny likes apples, a positive statement. I can't speak for him, but my guess is LePress is looking for is a word which describes what I just did to the sentence about Johnny, but could not describe the inverse (turning does into doesn't). Check out the link in my previous comment for more context & examples.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Jun 19, 2015 at 22:46
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    Are you looking for something like Unary Positive? Commented Jun 20, 2015 at 1:10

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OED gives positivize:

trans. To render positive or real.


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