materialize

[muh-teer-ee-uh-lahyz]

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.

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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Contemporary Examples of materialize

Historical Examples of materialize

  • He's been there to give her things to materialize and soon I'll hear of them!

    The Come Back

    Carolyn Wells

  • The last years of Newton's life were perplexed by the charge that his theory of gravitation tended to "materialize" religion.

    Inventors

    Philip Gengembre Hubert

  • He had to do it that way, did not want her to wait endlessly and hopelessly for a return that would not materialize.

    Voyage To Eternity

    Milton Lesser

  • If the aid promised by the United States were actually to materialize!

    The Enemies of Women

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • Like some strange, shining ghosts, these ships seemed to materialize instantly beside and behind their fleet.

    The Black Star Passes

    John W Campbell



British Dictionary definitions for materialize

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 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