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[muh-teer-ee-uh-lahyz] /məˈtɪər i əˌlaɪz/
verb (used without object), materialized, materializing.
to come into perceptible existence; appear; become actual or real; be realized or carried out:
Our plans never materialized.
to assume material or bodily form; become corporeal:
The ghost materialized before Hamlet.
verb (used with object), materialized, materializing.
to give material form to; realize:
to materialize an ambition.
to invest with material attributes:
to materialize abstract ideas with metaphors.
to make physically perceptible; cause (a spirit or the like) to appear in bodily form.
to render materialistic.
Also, especially British, materialise.
Origin of materialize
1700-10; material + -ize
Related forms
materialization, noun
materializer, noun
rematerialization, noun
rematerialize, verb, rematerialized, rematerializing.
unmaterialized, adjective
1. emerge, show, rise, issue. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for materialize
  • Oil prospects, while initially promising, have failed to materialize.
  • The fear that vocational training will materialize and lower education is groundless, even in theory.
  • He was waiting for images to materialize on a computer he had set atop a straw bale.
  • Impalas give birth, and zebras materialize from the bush with tiny foals.
  • But you don't have to be a cynic to wonder when and how and if the money will actually materialize for another moon shot.
  • In one such instance, it was used as collateral for a cache of diamonds that failed to materialize.
  • Luckily, the avian-flu pandemic did not materialize.
  • To its proponents, digital government was supposed to materialize as the pinnacle of citizen-friendly service.
  • He had the ability to materialize in any picture taken within a hundred-yard radius of his house.
  • There is considerable doubt whether the coalition government which was agreed upon will ever materialize.
British Dictionary definitions for materialize


(intransitive) to become fact; actually happen: our hopes never materialized
to invest or become invested with a physical shape or form
to cause (a spirit, as of a dead person) to appear in material form or (of a spirit) to appear in such form
(intransitive) to take shape; become tangible: after hours of discussion, the project finally began to materialize
(physics) to form (material particles) from energy, as in pair production
Derived Forms
materialization, materialisation, noun
materializer, materialiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for materialize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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