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 crystallize (audio) , ˌkri-​stə-​ˈlī-​ \ adjective
crystallization \ ˌkri-​stə-​li-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce crystallize (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 His next moves crystallize a newfound assuredness on both sides of the camera. Los Angeles Times, "‘Something to prove’: In ‘Mortal Kombat,’ Lewis Tan aims for more than movie stardom," 24 Apr. 2021 His points crystallize the key question at hand: What will these standards actually accomplish? David Oliver, USA TODAY, "The future of inclusion in Hollywood: How helpful are the new Oscars diversity standards?," 19 Apr. 2021 Major debates do not begin until May, and the race to the June 22 primary may not crystallize until more candidates hit the airwaves with television advertising in the final weeks of the race. New York Times, "He Has Trained to Be Mayor for Decades. Will Voters Be Persuaded?," 14 Apr. 2021 Lynch said their cap situation helped crystallize their plan: Trade up to No. 3 … and keep Garoppolo. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "How the weak free-agent market strengthened the 49ers and led them to keep Garoppolo," 31 Mar. 2021 The Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution brings together global expertise in the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance, to crystallize and share global norms that cities, both large and small, can learn from. World Economic Forum, Forbes, "Japan’s Smart City Initiatives Will Play Key Role In Its Digitization And Economic Revival," 5 Apr. 2021 Water particles hovering aloft as vapor in a cold-weather storm system need something to crystallize around to form snowflakes. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah is a leader in cloud seeding. Is it working?," 28 Mar. 2021 This week marked one year since the WHO declared Covid-19 a pandemic and the seriousness of the situation seemed to crystallize in the national consciousness. Eve Sneider, Wired, "The Pandemic Turns One, Vaccine Trials Adapt, and More Coronavirus News," 12 Mar. 2021 The Vikings' roster needs will further crystallize through free agency, beginning soon with decisions coming on the current roster. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Vikings draft: Defensive line prospects to know as pro days get underway," 5 Mar. 2021

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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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3 May 2021

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“Crystallize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 crystallize (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 crystallize (audio) \ adjective

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