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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.
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 crystallized
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  • It occurs in primitive mountains; and is often accompanied with red silver ore, copper pyrites, and crystallized quartz.

  • A proverbial expression is often a crystallized lie which we should like to believe.

    Crankisms Lisle de Vaux Matthewman
  • The general form of rough, crystallized diamonds is that of two square pyramids joined at their bases.

  • I crystallized my ideas into pithy sentences which a child could have understood.

    Love Among the Chickens P. G. Wodehouse
  • The vague feelings of disgust Frank had had now crystallized into words.

    Deadly City Paul W. Fairman
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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