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[kris-tl-ahyz] /ˈkrɪs tlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), crystallized, crystallizing.
to form into crystals; cause to assume crystalline form.
to give definite or concrete form to:
to crystallize an idea.
to coat with sugar.
verb (used without object), crystallized, crystallizing.
to form crystals; become crystalline in form.
to assume definite or concrete form.
Also, especially British, crystallise.
Origin of crystallize
First recorded in 1590-1600; crystall- + -ize
Related forms
crystallizability, noun
crystallizable, adjective
crystallizer, noun
noncrystallizable, adjective
noncrystallized, adjective
noncrystallizing, adjective
uncrystallizable, adjective
uncrystallized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for crystallize
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  • It is difficult to crystallize and hard to obtain in pure condition.

  • To speak of it would, however, seem to crystallize his feeling into a complaint.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • Love will crystallize that Chinese legend into reality—for you and for Phil.

    A Man of Two Countries Alice Harriman
  • To "sugar off" is to boil the sirup until it is thick enough to crystallize into sugar.

    Being a Boy Charles Dudley Warner
  • Nor does he seem to crystallize into anything except sunburn.

  • But has he quite found himself, has his nature had time to crystallize?

    The Ordeal of Mark Twain Van Wyck Brooks
  • They, rather than the newspapers, crystallize it and give it articulate expression.

British Dictionary definitions for crystallize


to form or cause to form crystals; assume or cause to assume a crystalline form or structure
to coat or become coated with sugar: crystallized fruit
to give a definite form or expression to (an idea, argument, etc) or (of an idea, argument, etc) to assume a recognizable or definite form
Derived Forms
crystallizable, crystalizable, crystallisable, crystalisable, adjective
crystallizability, crystalizability, crystallisability, crystalisability, noun
crystallization, crystalization, crystallisation, crystalisation, noun
crystallizer, crystalizer, crystalliser, crystaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for crystallize

1590s, from crystal + -ize. Figurative use is from 1660s. Related: Crystallized; crystallizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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