verb crys·tal·lize \ ˈkri-stə-ˌlīz \
variants: or less commonly crystalize
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of crystallize

crystallized; crystallizing
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
intransitive verb
:to become crystallized


play \ˈkri-stə-ˌlī-zə-bəl, ˌkri-stə-ˈlī-\ adjective


play \ˌkri-stə-li-ˈzā-shən\ noun



Examples of crystallize in a Sentence

  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.

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CRYSTALLIZE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of crystallize for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb crys·tal·lize \ ˈkri-stə-ˌlīz \

Definition of crystallize for Students

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

Medical Dictionary


verb crys·tal·lize
variants: also crystalize also British crystallise or crystalise play \ˈkris-tə-ˌlīz\

medical Definition of crystallize

crystallized also crystallized also British crystallised or crystallised; crystallizing also crystallizing also British crystallising or crystallising
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


play \-ˌlī-zə-bəl\ adjective

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