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 dematerialize (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 This is often the case with Trader Joe’s, which is famous for having products materialize and dematerialize constantly. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2022 Polachek deploys her voice as a shape-shifting instrument: a silk rope that can curl up low and lush, or dematerialize into gossamer, or snap at the bull’s-eye of a melody. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2021 The staircase would seem to dematerialize in space. Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker, 23 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 10 Oct. 2019 Last remaining human Prince fan is honored by bots and then ritually dematerialized. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, 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, 25 July 2019 In r/Asceticism, Snoo dematerializes into the cyberether, its form the mere wisp of an outline. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, 6 July 2018 See More

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First Known Use of dematerialize

circa 1864, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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9 Aug 2022

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“Dematerialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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