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

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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 The researchers believe this means that the salts crystallized in a wet environment beneath the briny ponds. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Curiosity rover finds evidence of Mars' ancient salty lakes," 7 Oct. 2019 The time, as Quinn sees it, is now, and last year’s hiccups only crystallized that for him. Albert Breer, SI.com, "In Atlanta, Dan Quinn Is Ready to Show Off the Falcons’ Coaching Overhaul," 22 July 2019 When things are in court, court seems to be crystallizing things. Tara Golshan, Vox, "We asked 8 Republican senators if they’ll investigate Trump’s role in campaign finance violations," 22 Aug. 2018 The new fossils were gradually encased in tiny seams of crystallizing silica (quartz) that grew between the bits of rubble, cementing them together. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "Early Life in Death Valley," 24 Apr. 2014 In other words, these are things that were once conceived in someone’s imagination and are now being crystallized into reality. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Exclusive: Lux Capital Raises More Than $1 Billion Across Two New Funds to Invest in Companies Building a Sci-Fi Future," 1 Aug. 2019 Add in the cooled hazelnuts and stir constantly until the nuts are fully coated and crystallized (the nuts will turn white). CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Erling Wu-Bower shares his signature recipes," 27 July 2019 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

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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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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of crystallize was in 1600

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crystallize

verb
How to pronounce crystallize (audio)

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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