ma·​te·​ri·​al·​i·​za·​tion mə-ˌtir-ē-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce materialization (audio)
: the action of materializing or becoming materialized
: something that has been materialized
especially : apparition

Examples of materialization in a Sentence

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
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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of materialization was in 1843

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“Materialization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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