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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Both parties tried to use Yovanovitch to crystallize their arguments. NBC News, "Transcript: The Witnesses: Maria Yovanovitch," 19 Nov. 2019 Now two cybersecurity firms have created a new visual taxonomy to organize all that digital chaos—and in doing so, perhaps helped crystallize who the distinct players are within the Kremlin's hacking forces. Wired, "This Map Shows All the Code Connections Between Russia's Hacker Groups," 24 Sep. 2019 People may also use hot metal sheets to crystallize the liquid so that it can be inhaled or injected. Samantha Lauriello,, "What Is Wasping? What You Need to Know About This Dangerous Form of Substance Abuse," 17 July 2019 Meanwhile, amid the standstill, the legislators also have not set this year’s Permanent Fund dividend or completed the capital budget, and the impacts of the budget vetoes and the impasse continue to crystallize. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Big spending cuts and deadlines loom as the standoff continues among Alaska legislators and governor," 12 July 2019 Only a brief heat treatment is needed to crystallize them. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "LEDs created from wonder material could revolutionize lighting and displays," 4 June 2019 Celtic bullishly flexed their muscles and swatted Rangers aside with ease to further crystallize their domestic dominance., "Celtic, Rangers Old Firm Rivalry Fizzles With Sizable Gap Growing Between Two," 30 Apr. 2018 But after some of the developments during the Cubs’ 8-4 win over the Miami Marlins in the season opener, at least one trend may start to crystallize. Mark Gonzales,, "Kyle Schwarber’s defensive woes could mean more playing time for Albert Almora Jr.," 30 Mar. 2018 Beware of antifreeze: Animals are drawn to the smell and sweet taste of ethylene glycol in regular antifreeze, which crystallizes in their lungs and kills them. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather," 12 Nov. 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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9 Dec 2019

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“Crystallize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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


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.


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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