de·​ma·​te·​ri·​al·​ize | \ ˌdē-mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce dematerialize (audio) \
dematerialized; dematerializing; dematerializes

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 \ ˌdē-​mə-​ˌtir-​ē-​ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce dematerialization (audio) \ noun

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Examples of dematerialize in a Sentence

the image suddenly dematerialized, and once again we were staring at a blank screen
Recent Examples on the Web And how James Cameron thanked him with a befuddled glance toward the heavens, as if his lead actor had dematerialized into stardust? Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Oscars 2020 Spotlight: The Actors," 5 Feb. 2020 The movie’s expressive moments—and there are many—are largely uprooted, decontextualized, and dematerialized, planted like index cards rather than allowed to unfold and to develop. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Pedro Almodóvar’s Stifled “Pain and Glory”," 10 Oct. 2019 Last remaining human Prince fan is honored by bots and then ritually dematerialized. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, "Once and Future Prince," 14 Oct. 2019 When Man Ray used slatted light, for example, the bands of light and dark gloriously dematerialize the woman’s skin with whirls of illumination. Arthur Lubow, New York Times, "Has Robert Mapplethorpe’s Moment Passed?," 25 July 2019 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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