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.
  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

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Historical Examples of materialize

  • Is that the room where he's expected to materialize with his machine?

    Martians Never Die

    Lucius Daniel

  • He made his camp and bided the arrival of the cattle; but that arrival did not materialize.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt

  • For some reason, however, the collaborated volume did not materialize.

  • But, somehow, these literary evenings never did materialize.

    Gigolo

    Edna Ferber

  • A ghost could not materialize and kidnap a girl of flesh and blood.

    The White Invaders

    Raymond King Cummings


British Dictionary definitions for materialize

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 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