crystallize

verb
crys·​tal·​lize | \ ˈkri-stə-ˌlīz How to pronounce crystallize (audio) \
variants: or less commonly crystalize
crystallized; crystallizing

Definition of crystallize

transitive verb

1 : to cause to form crystals or assume crystalline form
2 : to cause to take a definite form tried to crystallize his thoughts
3 : to coat with crystals especially of sugar crystallize grapes

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Other Words from crystallize

crystallizable \ ˈkri-​stə-​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce crystallizable (audio) , ˌkri-​stə-​ˈlī-​ \ adjective
crystallization \ ˌkri-​stə-​li-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce crystallization (audio) \ noun
crystallizer noun

Synonyms for crystallize

Synonyms

form, jell, shape (up), solidify

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Examples of crystallize in a Sentence

Eventually the paint will start to crystallize. Certain conditions can cause carbon to crystallize into diamonds. Certain conditions can crystallize carbon into diamonds. The final paragraph of the essay crystallizes her theory. He tried to crystallize his thoughts. Her theory crystallizes in the final paragraph of the essay.
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Victoria Beckham and Burberry’s new look of bourgeois elegance in London prompted several women to wear skirt suits and head-to-toe camel before the trend had even crystallized at Hedi Slimane’s Celine show. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Biggest Street-Style Trends of Fall 2019," 13 Mar. 2019 That could crystallize, too, when he was caught in a lie. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 The race crystallized months of Democratic hopes — and Republican fears — about the potential November fallout for the GOP from President Donald Trump's roughly 40% approval rating. Jason Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Democrats hope state Senate upset signals inroads this fall," 17 Jan. 2018 Nothing did more to crystallize the idea of the Great American Songbook than a series of recordings Fitzgerald made between 1956 and 1964. John Edward Hasse, WSJ, "The Enduring Art of Ella Fitzgerald’s Most Ambitious Album," 5 Feb. 2019 The program began to crystallize when his now-wife, Georgeanna Smith Wade, along with theater educators Julie Mauro and Mikael Burke, came on board. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "A teacher shot heroin 500 days in a row. His passion for theater helped him get clean.," 28 Feb. 2018 By the time high school rolled around, Sevigny's tastes—in art, books, music, and talented people—had begun to crystallize. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Still Got It," 3 Oct. 2013 Alan Dershowitz crystallized it this weekend on the same show with Giuliani. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Rudy Giuliani undermines two of Trump’s biggest scandal-related denials," 9 July 2018 But unlike the liquid in your ice tray freezing into cubes, the oxygen and carbon that make up a white dwarf start crystallizing at 18 million degrees Fahrenheit. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "When the Sun Dies, a Giant Crystal Will Take Its Place," 11 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of crystallize

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for crystallize

crystal entry 1 + -ize

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crystallize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crystallize

technical : 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

crystallize

verb
crys·​tal·​lize | \ ˈkri-stə-ˌlīz How to pronounce crystallize (audio) \
crystallized; crystallizing

Kids Definition of crystallize

1 : to form or cause to form crystals or grains
2 : to take or cause to take definite form The plan crystallized slowly.

crystallize

verb
crys·​tal·​lize
variants: also crystalize also British crystallise or crystalise \ ˈkris-​tə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce crystalise (audio) \
crystallized also crystallized also British crystallised or crystallised; crystallizing also crystallizing also British crystallising or crystallising

Medical Definition of crystallize

transitive verb

: to cause to form crystals or assume crystalline form especially : to cause to form perfect or large crystals

intransitive verb

: to become crystallized often used with out the solid crystallized out

Other Words from crystallize

crystallizable \ -​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce crystallizable (audio) \ adjective

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