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

transitive verb

: to cause to become or appear immaterial

intransitive verb

: to lose or appear to lose materiality

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 Their lines are strict and the palette is confined to two materials, grey granite and mirror (which dematerializes to become the view). Town & Country, 25 Aug. 2023 Their mission was a lofty one: to dematerialize any barriers between themselves and the beauty of the landscape. ELLE Decor, 24 May 2023 Imagine being able to dematerialize from your living room and show up the next moment in Venice or the Amazon rainforest or the rings of Saturn (wearing an appropriate space suit, of course). Corey S. Powell, Discover Magazine, 15 June 2014 My interest in working with materials like light, color, water, fog, and other natural phenomena grew out of my desire to dematerialize the art object, to make things that were less physical than, say, ephemeral or atmospheric. Time, 27 Oct. 2022 How can the most miraculous material in the history of the world, funded up the wazoo, all but dematerialize? WIRED, 26 Aug. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1864, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of dematerialize was circa 1864

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“Dematerialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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