crystallize

[kris-tl-ahyz]
verb (used with object), crystallized, crystallizing.
1.
to form into crystals; cause to assume crystalline form.
2.
to give definite or concrete form to: to crystallize an idea.
3.
to coat with sugar.
verb (used without object), crystallized, crystallizing.
4.
to form crystals; become crystalline in form.
5.
to assume definite or concrete form.
Also, especially British, crystallise.


Origin:
1590–1600; crystall- + -ize

crystallizability, noun
crystallizable, adjective
crystallizer, noun
noncrystallizable, adjective
noncrystallized, adjective
noncrystallizing, adjective
uncrystallizable, adjective
uncrystallized, adjective
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crystallize, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise (ˈkrɪstəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to form or cause to form crystals; assume or cause to assume a crystalline form or structure
2.  to coat or become coated with sugar: crystallized fruit
3.  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
 
crystalize, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
 
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'crystallizable, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
 
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'crystalizable, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
 
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'crystallisable, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
 
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'crystalisable, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
 
adj
 
crystalliza'bility, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
 
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crystaliza'bility, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
 
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crystallisa'bility, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
 
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crystalisa'bility, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
 
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crystalli'zation, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
 
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crystali'zation, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
 
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crystali'sation, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
 
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'crystallizer, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
 
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'crystalizer, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
 
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'crystalliser, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
 
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'crystaliser, crystalize, crystallise or crystalise
 
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Word Origin & History

crystallize
1590s, from crystal + -ize. Figurative use is from 1660s.

crystallized
c.1600, pp. adj. from crystallize. Of fruit, etc., from 1875.
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Example sentences
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.
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