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materialize

[muh-teer-ee-uh-lahyz] /məˈtɪər i əˌlaɪz/
verb (used without object), materialized, materializing.
1.
to come into perceptible existence; appear; become actual or real; be realized or carried out:
Our plans never materialized.
2.
to assume material or bodily form; become corporeal:
The ghost materialized before Hamlet.
verb (used with object), materialized, materializing.
3.
to give material form to; realize:
to materialize an ambition.
4.
to invest with material attributes:
to materialize abstract ideas with metaphors.
5.
to make physically perceptible; cause (a spirit or the like) to appear in bodily form.
6.
to render materialistic.
Also, especially British, materialise.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; material + -ize
Related forms
materialization, noun
materializer, noun
rematerialization, noun
rematerialize, verb, rematerialized, rematerializing.
unmaterialized, adjective
Synonyms
1. emerge, show, rise, issue.
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British Dictionary definitions for materialization

materialize

/məˈtɪərɪəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to become fact; actually happen: our hopes never materialized
2.
to invest or become invested with a physical shape or form
3.
to cause (a spirit, as of a dead person) to appear in material form or (of a spirit) to appear in such form
4.
(intransitive) to take shape; become tangible: after hours of discussion, the project finally began to materialize
5.
(physics) to form (material particles) from energy, as in pair production
Derived Forms
materialization, materialisation, noun
materializer, materialiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for materialization
n.

1822, noun of action from materialize.

materialize

v.

1710, "represent as material," from material (adj.) + -ize. Meaning "appear in bodily form" is 1880, in spiritualism. Related: Materialized; materializing.

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