- 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 materialization
Materialization, for example, is unusual; but if it happens it cannot be supernatural.
There are thousands of other well-authenticated cases of materialization.
I am a clairvoyant and trance-medium, with materialization as a specialty.The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton
Wardon Allan Curtis
That was the beginning of what spiritualists call the "science of materialization."The Greatest Highway in the World
The difference between his ideal and his materialization of it, is a source of anguish for him.Style in Singing
W. E. Haslam
- (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 materialization
1822, noun of action from materialize.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper