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[dee-muh-teer-ee-uh-lahyz] /ˌdi məˈtɪər i əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), dematerialized, dematerializing.
to deprive of or lose material character.
Origin of dematerialize
1880-85; de- + materialize
Related forms
dematerialization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dematerialize
  • Reflections in its convex surface dematerialize the column, and a low stack of firewood stretches along one side of the terrace.
  • Again and again he toys with the idea of buildings that seem to dematerialize, that play hide and seek as you approach them.
British Dictionary definitions for dematerialize


verb (intransitive)
to cease to have material existence, as in science fiction or spiritualism
to disappear without trace; vanish
Derived Forms
dematerialization, dematerialisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for dematerialize

1884; see de- + materialize. Related: Dematerialized; dematerializing.

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