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crystallize

[kris-tl-ahyz]
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verb (used with object), crys·tal·lized, crys·tal·liz·ing.
  1. to form into crystals; cause to assume crystalline form.
  2. to give definite or concrete form to: to crystallize an idea.
  3. to coat with sugar.
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verb (used without object), crys·tal·lized, crys·tal·liz·ing.
  1. to form crystals; become crystalline in form.
  2. to assume definite or concrete form.
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Also especially British, crys·tal·lise.

Origin of crystallize

First recorded in 1590–1600; crystall- + -ize
Related formscrys·tal·liz·a·bil·i·ty, nouncrys·tal·liz·a·ble, adjectivecrys·tal·liz·er, nounnon·crys·tal·liz·a·ble, adjectivenon·crys·tal·lized, adjectivenon·crys·tal·liz·ing, adjectiveun·crys·tal·liz·a·ble, adjectiveun·crys·tal·lized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for crystallize

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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for crystallize

crystallize

crystalize, crystallise or crystalise

verb
  1. to form or cause to form crystals; assume or cause to assume a crystalline form or structure
  2. to coat or become coated with sugarcrystallized fruit
  3. 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
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Derived Formscrystallizable, crystalizable, crystallisable or crystalisable, adjectivecrystallizability, crystalizability, crystallisability or crystalisability, nouncrystallization, crystalization, crystallisation or crystalisation, nouncrystallizer, crystalizer, crystalliser or crystaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for crystallize

v.

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

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