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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.
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 crystallized
  • The spotted owl crystallized the power of the species-protection law.
  • The way students don't understand college was crystallized for me several years ago in a meeting with a student.
  • Once zircon has crystallized it may be moved around by geological processes, but its chemical makeup and structure don't change.
  • Beard seemed to have crystallized in his mind, but he wasn't sure yet what would happen to him.
  • Plans not crystallized yet but this is to be expected at his age.
  • Some claimed that it started out as cries of pain, which gradually crystallized into distinct words.
  • Some sugar makers heated the sap further, turning it into crystallized sugar.
British Dictionary definitions for crystallized


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 crystallized

c.1600, past participle adjective from crystallize. Of fruit, etc., from 1875.



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

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