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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dematerialize

Historical Examples of dematerialize

  • He added, 'When this structure has served its purpose, Babaji will dematerialize it.'

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • If mortal, I must kill it, if ghostly, the noise of my rifle might dematerialize it.

    Animal Ghosts

    Elliott O'Donnell

  • Sometimes they wait till dawn bids them dematerialize before it.

    Old Plymouth Trails

    Winthrop Packard

  • So Hildegard, acting on a scriptural hint, is enabled to dematerialize her doctrine of the after-things.

  • I cannot dematerialize either you or your vessel until I work out the formula for your peculiar atomic structure.

    The Skylark of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby

British Dictionary definitions for dematerialize



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

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

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