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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The deisgner crystallized six looks including monochromatic floral motifs and colorful sparkling sleeves. Nandi Howard, Essence, "NYFW: A Look Inside The Christopher John Rogers Spring/Summer 2020 Show," 7 Sep. 2019 Putting a dollar figure at the center of the debate helps crystallize what is at stake. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Is $5.7 Billion a Lot for a Wall?," 25 Jan. 2019 That message crystallized in her headliner’s appearance at the festival on Saturday. Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, PEOPLE.com, "Michelle Obama on Learning to Put Her Health First: ‘I Didn’t Have Time for Me’ After Having Kids," 10 July 2019 The lunar rover may not have roamed the moon’s surface on the day Apollo 11 made history, but its design had already crystallized by the time Neil Armstrong planted his feet in the Sea of Tranquility. David A. Taylor, Smithsonian, "From the Family Station Wagon to the Apollo Lunar Rover, My Dad’s Engineering Talent Had No Limits," 9 July 2019 These new compounds can then crystallize into rare minerals. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "New Analysis Techniques Unearth a Trove of Unusual Minerals," 1 July 2019 When the new millennium approached, Laguna Beach’s latest identity began to crystallize in the form of well-to-do, lovelorn teens, as seen in Laguna Beach, an MTV reality series that put the city’s privileged youth front and center. Brock Keeling, Curbed, "The rise and fall of Laguna Beach, a gay California hotspot," 26 June 2019 And nothing better crystallizes this power than seeing what Cool Moms did for cannabidiol, the substance more commonly known as CBD. . Marie Claire, "Welcome to the ABCs of CBD," 11 Apr. 2019 The statement crystallized Alabama’s dilemma - prisons too hot for computers, crowded beyond their capacities with inmates, most of whom will eventually return to society needing preparation to gain employment and rejoin productively. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Governor’s prison study group begins looking at issues," 22 July 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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The first known use of crystallize was in 1600

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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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