Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


or (especially British) dematerialise

[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for dematerialize
Historical Examples
  • Sometimes they wait till dawn bids them dematerialize before it.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • He added, 'When this structure has served its purpose, Babaji will dematerialize it.'

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • I had supposed that the spiritualists had utterly abandoned their endeavors to dematerialize Mr. Kilbright.

  • I cannot dematerialize either you or your vessel until I work out the formula for your peculiar atomic structure.

    The Skylark of Space Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
  • So Hildegard, acting on a scriptural hint, is enabled to dematerialize her doctrine of the after-things.

  • They must dematerialize in sight of the sitters, that no possible suspicion may rest upon the medium.

    There is no Death Florence Marryatt
  • If mortal, I must kill it, if ghostly, the noise of my rifle might dematerialize it.

    Animal Ghosts Elliott O'Donnell
  • I materialize or dematerialize this form any time at will, much more frequently than I did while on earth.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for dematerialize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for dematerialize

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for dematerialize

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for dematerialize