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[muh-teer-ee-uh-lahyz] /məˈtɪər i əˌlaɪz/
verb (used without object), materialized, materializing.
to come into perceptible existence; appear; become actual or real; be realized or carried out:
Our plans never materialized.
to assume material or bodily form; become corporeal:
The ghost materialized before Hamlet.
verb (used with object), materialized, materializing.
to give material form to; realize:
to materialize an ambition.
to invest with material attributes:
to materialize abstract ideas with metaphors.
to make physically perceptible; cause (a spirit or the like) to appear in bodily form.
to render materialistic.
Also, especially British, materialise.
Origin of materialize
First recorded in 1700-10; material + -ize
Related forms
materialization, noun
materializer, noun
rematerialization, noun
rematerialize, verb, rematerialized, rematerializing.
unmaterialized, adjective
1. emerge, show, rise, issue. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for materialise
Historical Examples
  • Here is a chance which, with a little hustling on your part, will materialise.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • It also caused a great delay before indents could materialise.

    In Mesopotamia Martin Swayne
  • The arms and salaries were things that could never be expected to materialise.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • It looked like that, but the American hopes one by one failed to materialise.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • Who so fit to materialise reforms as the man who had conceived them?

    Sir John French Cecil Chisholm
  • The strike of wives, as proposed by a weekly paper, did not materialise.

  • Reinforcements had been expected, but they did not materialise to an appreciable extent.

  • We naturally tend to materialise when we build up our several pictures; but we sin here, if at all, in the best of company.

    'Murphy' Major Gambier-Parry
  • For the first time the threatening vision had failed to materialise, and the fact gave him courage.

  • Handsome Feilding at once proceeded to materialise his bargain, and at last the termagant was tamed.

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall W. R. H. Trowbridge
British Dictionary definitions for materialise


(intransitive) to become fact; actually happen: our hopes never materialized
to invest or become invested with a physical shape or form
to cause (a spirit, as of a dead person) to appear in material form or (of a spirit) to appear in such form
(intransitive) to take shape; become tangible: after hours of discussion, the project finally began to materialize
(physics) to form (material particles) from energy, as in pair production
Derived Forms
materialization, materialisation, noun
materializer, materialiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for materialise



1710, "represent as material," from material (adj.) + -ize. Meaning "appear in bodily form" is 1880, in spiritualism. Related: Materialized; materializing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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