materialize

[muh-teer-ee-uh-lahyz]
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verb (used without object), ma·te·ri·al·ized, ma·te·ri·al·iz·ing.

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.

verb (used with object), ma·te·ri·al·ized, ma·te·ri·al·iz·ing.

to give material form to; realize: to materialize an ambition.
to invest with material attributes: to materialize abstract ideas with metaphors.
to make physically perceptible; cause (a spirit or the like) to appear in bodily form.
to render materialistic.

Nearby words

  1. materialism,
  2. materialist,
  3. materialistic,
  4. materiality,
  5. materialization,
  6. materially,
  7. materials,
  8. materials handling,
  9. materials science,
  10. materiel

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

Origin of materialize

First recorded in 1700–10; material + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for materialise

materialize

materialise

verb

(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
Derived Formsmaterialization or materialisation, nounmaterializer or materialiser, noun

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Word Origin and History for materialise

materialize

v.

1710, "represent as material," from material (adj.) + -ize. Meaning "appear in bodily form" is 1880, in spiritualism. Related: Materialized; materializing.

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