materialize

[muh-teer-ee-uh-lahyz]
verb (used without object), ma·te·ri·al·ized, ma·te·ri·al·iz·ing.
  1. to come into perceptible existence; appear; become actual or real; be realized or carried out: Our plans never materialized.
  2. 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.
  1. to give material form to; realize: to materialize an ambition.
  2. to invest with material attributes: to materialize abstract ideas with metaphors.
  3. to make physically perceptible; cause (a spirit or the like) to appear in bodily form.
  4. to render materialistic.
Also especially British, ma·te·ri·al·ise.

Origin of materialize

First recorded in 1700–10; material + -ize
Related formsma·te·ri·al·i·za·tion, nounma·te·ri·al·iz·er, nounre·ma·te·ri·al·i·za·tion, nounre·ma·te·ri·al·ize, verb, re·ma·te·ri·al·ized, re·ma·te·ri·al·iz·ing.un·ma·te·ri·al·ized, adjective

Synonyms for materialize

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Examples from the Web for materialise

Historical Examples of materialise

  • Here is a chance which, with a little hustling on your part, will materialise.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • It also caused a great delay before indents could materialise.

    In Mesopotamia

    Martin Swayne

  • The arms and salaries were things that could never be expected to materialise.

  • It looked like that, but the American hopes one by one failed to materialise.

    The Happy Golfer

    Henry Leach

  • Who so fit to materialise reforms as the man who had conceived them?

    Sir John French

    Cecil Chisholm


British Dictionary definitions for materialise

materialize

materialise

verb
  1. (intr) to become fact; actually happenour hopes never materialized
  2. to invest or become invested with a physical shape or form
  3. to cause (a spirit, as of a dead person) to appear in material form or (of a spirit) to appear in such form
  4. (intr) to take shape; become tangibleafter hours of discussion, the project finally began to materialize
  5. 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper