dematerialize

[dee-muh-teer-ee-uh-lahyz]

verb (used with or without object), de·ma·te·ri·al·ized, de·ma·te·ri·al·iz·ing.

to deprive of or lose material character.

Nearby words

  1. demarche,
  2. demark,
  3. demarket,
  4. demarketing,
  5. demassify,
  6. dematiaceous,
  7. demavend,
  8. deme,
  9. demean,
  10. demeaning

Also especially British, de·ma·te·ri·al·ise.

Origin of dematerialize

First recorded in 1880–85; de- + materialize

Related formsde·ma·te·ri·al·i·za·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dematerialize

dematerialize

dematerialise

verb (intr)

to cease to have material existence, as in science fiction or spiritualism
to disappear without trace; vanish
Derived Formsdematerialization or dematerialisation, noun

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Word Origin and History for dematerialize

dematerialize

v.

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

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