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crystallize

[kris-tl-ahyz]
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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Contemporary Examples of crystallized

Historical Examples of crystallized

  • But all his doubts and fears had crystallized to certainty before she whispered, "Anthony."

    Glory of Youth

    Temple Bailey

  • A proverbial expression is often a crystallized lie which we should like to believe.

    Crankisms

    Lisle de Vaux Matthewman

  • In the crystallized state it is very hard and has a density of 2.6.

  • I crystallized my ideas into pithy sentences which a child could have understood.

  • Twice or thrice it was to be dissolved, filtered, and crystallized.

    Medical Essays

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


British Dictionary definitions for crystallized

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 crystallized

adj.

c.1600, past participle adjective from crystallize. Of fruit, etc., from 1875.

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crystallize

v.

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

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