crystallize

verb
crys·​tal·​lize | \ ˈkri-stə-ˌlīz \
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 , ˌkri-​stə-​ˈlī-​ \ adjective
crystallization \ ˌkri-​stə-​li-​ˈzā-​shən \ 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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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 The drug’s development relied on proteins crystallized on the ISS. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "What ISS Taught Us In the Past 20 Years," 20 Nov. 2018 During this solar eclipse, when the sun and moon connect in the sky, your aspirations are crystallized. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Scorpio Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 Apricot chutney Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 12 minutes Makes: 2 cups If using fresh ginger instead of crystallized, add some sugar to taste. Joe Gray, chicagotribune.com, "Savory meets sweet as summer fruit transforms into stellar ice cream toppings," 2 July 2018 But this time, China cannot match them all — and that crystallizes a growing problem for Beijing. Keith Bradsher, The Seattle Times, "China once looked tough on trade, but now its options are dwindling," 18 Sep. 2018 Gibson's insistence on bringing his right-wing supporters repeatedly to this blue city has crystallized a debate about the limits of free speech in an era of stark political division. Fox News, "Portland braces itself for violent clashes between right-wing and antifa protesters," 4 Aug. 2018 During those first few days, the graveness of his circumstances began to crystallize for him. Daniel Riley, GQ, "The Great High School Impostor," 1 May 2018

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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 \
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 \
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 \ adjective

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