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materialize

[muh-teer-ee-uh-lahyz]
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verb (used without object), ma·te·ri·al·ized, ma·te·ri·al·iz·ing.
  1. to come into perceptible existence; appear; become actual or real; be realized or carried out: Our plans never materialized.
  2. to assume material or bodily form; become corporeal: The ghost materialized before Hamlet.
verb (used with object), ma·te·ri·al·ized, ma·te·ri·al·iz·ing.
  1. to give material form to; realize: to materialize an ambition.
  2. to invest with material attributes: to materialize abstract ideas with metaphors.
  3. to make physically perceptible; cause (a spirit or the like) to appear in bodily form.
  4. to render materialistic.
Also especially British, ma·te·ri·al·ise.

Origin of materialize

First recorded in 1700–10; material + -ize
Related formsma·te·ri·al·i·za·tion, nounma·te·ri·al·iz·er, nounre·ma·te·ri·al·i·za·tion, nounre·ma·te·ri·al·ize, verb, re·ma·te·ri·al·ized, re·ma·te·ri·al·iz·ing.un·ma·te·ri·al·ized, adjective

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1. emerge, show, rise, issue.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for unmaterialized

Historical Examples

  • Woolfolk was acutely conscious of her utter isolation with the shivering figure on the porch, the unmaterialized Nicholas.

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    Joseph Hergesheimer


British Dictionary definitions for unmaterialized

materialize

materialise

verb
  1. (intr) to become fact; actually happenour hopes never materialized
  2. to invest or become invested with a physical shape or form
  3. to cause (a spirit, as of a dead person) to appear in material form or (of a spirit) to appear in such form
  4. (intr) to take shape; become tangibleafter hours of discussion, the project finally began to materialize
  5. physics to form (material particles) from energy, as in pair production
Derived Formsmaterialization or materialisation, nounmaterializer or materialiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unmaterialized

materialize

v.

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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