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[kris-tl-ahyz] /ˈkrɪs tlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), crystallized, crystallizing.
to form into crystals; cause to assume crystalline form.
to give definite or concrete form to:
to crystallize an idea.
to coat with sugar.
verb (used without object), crystallized, crystallizing.
to form crystals; become crystalline in form.
to assume definite or concrete form.
Also, especially British, crystallise.
Origin of crystallize
1590-1600; crystall- + -ize
Related forms
crystallizability, noun
crystallizable, adjective
crystallizer, noun
noncrystallizable, adjective
noncrystallized, adjective
noncrystallizing, adjective
uncrystallizable, adjective
uncrystallized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crystallize
  • Think slightly deeply about the ramifications of this fact, and the real problem will crystallize before you.
  • It takes time even for genius to crystallize the thought with which her letters and poems are crammed.
  • In order for the water vapor to crystallize, the atmospheric temperature has to be at or below freezing point.
  • As water begins to crystallize into ice, its hydrogen molecules hook together in ways that form six-sided crystals.
  • The chemicals in saliva can crystallize into a stone that can block the salivary ducts.
  • These minerals began to crystallize between the waterlogged wood's cell walls.
  • These are themes that straight history can rarely crystallize.
  • Gradually, meanings emerge and emotions crystallize.
  • More impressive still, one portrait can fade out and another crystallize in no time at all.
  • The trick was to make a substance crystallize as a highly ordered, symmetrical, porous framework.
British Dictionary definitions for crystallize


to form or cause to form crystals; assume or cause to assume a crystalline form or structure
to coat or become coated with sugar: crystallized fruit
to give a definite form or expression to (an idea, argument, etc) or (of an idea, argument, etc) to assume a recognizable or definite form
Derived Forms
crystallizable, crystalizable, crystallisable, crystalisable, adjective
crystallizability, crystalizability, crystallisability, crystalisability, noun
crystallization, crystalization, crystallisation, crystalisation, noun
crystallizer, crystalizer, crystalliser, crystaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for crystallize

1590s, from crystal + -ize. Figurative use is from 1660s. Related: Crystallized; crystallizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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