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 At the halfway point of the Big Ten schedule, things have started to crystallize. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "After crushing loss, Michigan football among Big Ten football's biggest losers," 16 Nov. 2020 And more than a week past Election Day 2020, a crowded field of contenders is beginning to crystallize, with presumptive President-elect Joe Biden appearing to have ousted President Trump. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "With a Biden presidency, Trump would top 2024 Republican field," 11 Nov. 2020 The potatoes are then put on a wire rack set over a sheet pan and placed in a fridge to quickly cool, allowing the starches to crystallize and form on the outside — this is what gives the fries a crusty exterior. Omar Mamoon,, "How Quik Dog in S.F. keeps its fries shatteringly crisp — even for delivery," 6 Nov. 2020 This election, some argue, will crystallize that trend. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "How Europe is reacting to the US election," 4 Nov. 2020 From among these options, definite properties somehow crystallize at the moment of measurement. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Tunnels Show How Particles Can Break the Speed of Light," 20 Oct. 2020 This moment does crystallize how many influencers in the gaming space are being more outspoken about electoral politics than ever before, even since 2016. Washington Post, "Joe Biden’s ‘Animal Crossing’ island was definitely made by a pro gamer," 16 Oct. 2020 The confluence of so many hardships helped crystallize what was truly important, Rob said. Star Tribune, "When cancer hijacked a new mother's happily ever after, she planned a death as unconventional as her life. A year later, her husband is the father he never expected to be, carrying on her legacy.," 11 Oct. 2020 That will help crystallize nonconference tournament fields and allow teams to move forward with the rest of their schedules. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs basketball finally has everyone on the floor; scheduling updates; McDaniels settlement," 25 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of crystallize was in 1600

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22 Nov 2020

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“Crystallize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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