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.
to make physically perceptible; cause (a spirit or the like) to appear in bodily form.
to render materialistic.
- Also especially British, ma·te·ri·al·ise .
- ma·te·ri·al·i·za·tion, noun
- ma·te·ri·al·iz·er, noun
- re·ma·te·ri·al·i·za·tion, noun
- re·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
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How to use materialize in a sentence
Our polls, Senate polls, gov polls, presidential polls, Republican polls, public polls, turnout modeling and prognosticators all pointed to one political environment — that environment never materialized.Centrist House Democrats lash out at liberal colleagues, blame far-left views for costing the party seats | Rachael Bade, Erica Werner | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
Many nearby buildings remained boarded-up in anticipation of unrest that failed to materialize.D.C. streets tense but calm as ballots are counted | Marissa Lang, Emily Davies, Michael Ruane | November 4, 2020 | Washington Post
It might just take a while longer for those efforts to materialize.
We had started to sense a spike search for it in July, but it never materialized.‘Shopping patterns will feel longer and flatter’: Gap’s CMO on preparing for holiday campaigns | Gabriela Barkho | October 23, 2020 | Digiday
Yet Sanders’s 2020 bid failed, in part because he based his electoral strategy on a massive surge in youth turnout that didn’t materialize as much as his campaign expected.
This striking change but too faithfully represents the corresponding degradation and materialization of religious belief.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
Besides them, there are equal numbers of people who believe in the materialization of spirits.From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan | Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
She held out a hope of materialization later, but she wasn't sure she could compass that for some time to come.
Materialization, of course, called for a darkened room, and Shelby's naturally suspicious mind was alert for possible fraud.
It always exhausts me utterly to induce a materialization, and I doubt if I can achieve anything more to-night.
British Dictionary definitions for materialize
(intr) to become fact; actually happen: our 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 tangible: after hours of discussion, the project finally began to materialize
physics to form (material particles) from energy, as in pair production
- materialization or materialisation, noun
- materializer or materialiser, noun
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