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crystallize

verb crys·tal·lize \ˈkris-tə-ˌlīz\

Simple Definition of crystallize

  • : to change into a solid form that is made up of crystals

  • : to cause (something, such as an idea, belief, etc.) to become clear and fully formed

Full Definition of crystallize

crys·tal·lizedcrys·tal·liz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to form crystals or assume crystalline form

  3. 2 :  to cause to take a definite form <tried to crystallize his thoughts>

  4. 3 :  to coat with crystals especially of sugar <crystallize grapes>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become crystallized

crys·tal·liz·able play \-ˌlī-zə-bəl, ˌkris-tə-ˈ\ adjective
crys·tal·li·za·tion play \ˌkris-tə-li-ˈzā-shən\ noun
crys·tal·liz·er noun

Examples of crystallize

  1. Eventually the paint will start to crystallize.

  2. Certain conditions can cause carbon to crystallize into diamonds.

  3. Certain conditions can crystallize carbon into diamonds.

  4. The final paragraph of the essay crystallizes her theory.

  5. He tried to crystallize his thoughts.

  6. Her theory crystallizes in the final paragraph of the essay.



1598

First Known Use of crystallize

1598

Variants of crystallize

also crys·tal·ize play \ˈkris-tə-ˌlīz\

CRYSTALLIZE Defined for Kids

crystallize

play
verb crys·tal·lize \ˈkri-stə-ˌlīz\

Definition of crystallize

crys·tal·lizedcrys·tal·liz·ing

  1. 1 :  to form or cause to form crystals or grains

  2. 2 :  to take or cause to take definite form <The plan crystallized slowly.>




Medical Dictionary

crystallize

verb crys·tal·lize

Medical Definition of crystallize

crys·tal·lized also crys·tal·lized also British crys·tal·lised or crys·tal·lisedcrys·tal·liz·ing also crys·tal·liz·ing also British crys·tal·lis·ing or crys·tal·lis·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to cause to form crystals or assume crystalline form; especially :  to cause to form perfect or large crystals

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become crystallized—often used with out <the solid crystallized out>

  5. crys·tal·liz·able \-ˌlī-zə-bəl\play adjective



Variants of crystallize

also crys·tal·ize also British crys·tal·lise or crys·tal·ise \ˈkris-tə-ˌlīz\play


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