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[dee-muh-teer-ee-uh-lahyz] /ˌdi məˈtɪər i əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with or without object), dematerialized, dematerializing.
to deprive of or lose material character.
Also, especially British, dematerialise.
Origin of dematerialize
First recorded in 1880-85; de- + materialize
Related forms
dematerialization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dematerialize
Historical Examples
  • Sometimes they wait till dawn bids them dematerialize before it.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • He added, 'When this structure has served its purpose, Babaji will dematerialize it.'

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • I had supposed that the spiritualists had utterly abandoned their endeavors to dematerialize Mr. Kilbright.

  • I cannot dematerialize either you or your vessel until I work out the formula for your peculiar atomic structure.

    The Skylark of Space Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
  • So Hildegard, acting on a scriptural hint, is enabled to dematerialize her doctrine of the after-things.

  • They must dematerialize in sight of the sitters, that no possible suspicion may rest upon the medium.

    There is no Death Florence Marryatt
  • If mortal, I must kill it, if ghostly, the noise of my rifle might dematerialize it.

    Animal Ghosts Elliott O'Donnell
  • I materialize or dematerialize this form any time at will, much more frequently than I did while on earth.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
British Dictionary definitions for dematerialize


verb (intransitive)
to cease to have material existence, as in science fiction or spiritualism
to disappear without trace; vanish
Derived Forms
dematerialization, dematerialisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for dematerialize

1884; see de- + materialize. Related: Dematerialized; dematerializing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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