ma·​te·​ri·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ mə-ˌtir-ē-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce materialization (audio) \

Definition of materialization

1 : the action of materializing or becoming materialized
2 : something that has been materialized especially : apparition

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since no one lived in the attic, the landlord suggested that the new tenant might have seen the materialization of a woman once murdered there
Recent Examples on the Web Activists, bolstered by the national attention to the crisis in Selma, saw the swift materialization of those efforts at the federal level. Syreeta Mcfadden, The Atlantic, "Where Does Black Lives Matter Go from Here?," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of materialization

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Materialization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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