de·​ma·​te·​ri·​al·​ize | \ˌdē-mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌlīz \

Definition of dematerialize 

transitive verb

: to cause to become or appear immaterial

intransitive verb

: to lose or appear to lose materiality

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dematerialization \ -​ˌtir-​ē-​ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dematerialize


disappear, dissolve, evanesce, evaporate, fade, flee, fly, melt, sink, vanish


appear, materialize

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Examples of dematerialize in a Sentence

the image suddenly dematerialized, and once again we were staring at a blank screen

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In r/Asceticism, Snoo dematerializes into the cyberether, its form the mere wisp of an outline. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Transformative Power of Reddit's Alien Mascot," 6 July 2018 And a character called the Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), an escapee from the Quantum Realm, is an anguished creature who dematerializes and rematerializes at will during fights with Ant-Man and the Wasp, making her a tough opponent to beat and defeat. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’: Paul Rudd is back in busy little sequel," 2 July 2018 Light and Space artists like Doug Wheeler and Robert Irwin were leaving painting behind — dematerializing the art object, in critic Lucy Lippard’s famous phrase — while Larry Bell was moving into sculpture. Christopher Knight,, "Jim DeFrance retrospective at Doyle Arts Pavilion is a dazzler," 24 Feb. 2018 Imperial avenues, bizarchitecture skyscrapers, distant mountains — all dematerialize in the stinking haze. Spencer Reiss, WIRED, "Smog and Mirrors: China’s Plan for a Green Olympics," 24 July 2007

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First Known Use of dematerialize

circa 1864, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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