- to come into perceptible existence; appear; become actual or real; be realized or carried out: Our plans never materialized.
- to assume material or bodily form; become corporeal: The ghost materialized before Hamlet.
Also especially British, ma·te·ri·al·ise.
Origin of materialize
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Examples from the Web for materialise
Here is a chance which, with a little hustling on your part, will materialise.The Book of Khalid
It also caused a great delay before indents could materialise.In Mesopotamia
The arms and salaries were things that could never be expected to materialise.The Cradle of Mankind
It looked like that, but the American hopes one by one failed to materialise.The Happy Golfer
Who so fit to materialise reforms as the man who had conceived them?Sir John French
- (intr) to become fact; actually happenour hopes never materialized
- to invest or become invested with a physical shape or form
- to cause (a spirit, as of a dead person) to appear in material form or (of a spirit) to appear in such form
- (intr) to take shape; become tangibleafter hours of discussion, the project finally began to materialize
- physics to form (material particles) from energy, as in pair production
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Word Origin and History for materialise
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