materialize

verb
ma·​te·​ri·​al·​ize | \ mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce materialize (audio) \
materialized; materializing

Definition of materialize

transitive verb

1a : to make material : objectify
b : to cause to appear in bodily form materialize the spirits of the dead
2 : to cause to be materialistic

intransitive verb

1 : to assume bodily form
2a : to appear especially suddenly
b : to come into existence

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Other Words from materialize

materializer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for materialize

Synonyms

actualize, appear, arise, begin, break, commence, dawn, engender, form, originate, set in, spring, start

Antonyms

cease, end, stop

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Examples of materialize in a Sentence

A waiter suddenly materialized beside our table. Rain clouds materialized on the horizon.

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But in the ten years since then, a true political and economic alternative has yet to materialize. Conor Lynch, The New Republic, "The Left’s Failure to Envision a World Without Capitalism," 12 June 2019 Fortunately, that sartorial vision has yet to materialize, but baseball has had its fair share of wardrobe malfunctions. Cesar Brioso, USA TODAY, "You're wearing that? Images of the ugliest MLB uniforms in history," 11 June 2019 Jayne was the consummate hostess—one who discreetly asked her guests about their favorite flowers, which would soon miraculously materialize in their rooms. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Jayne Wrightsman, Esteemed Arts Connoisseur and Legendary Hostess," 24 Apr. 2019 Some Brits took matters into their own hands and headed to supermarkets in droves, even though their worst fears did not (yet) materialize: Brexit is now delayed until Halloween, unless a deal is signed earlier. Rick Noack, The Seattle Times, "Switzerland wants to declare coffee nonessential for human survival," 12 Apr. 2019 Current-day guests report odd occurrences, like the TV and lights turning on and off by themselves, the sound of footsteps, inexplicable breezes and scents, and a woman materializing and vanishing in the garden—and hallways—before their eyes. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 One way to nip any typecasting in the bud was to do an album of original material, but years passed without such a project materializing. Alan Sculley, sacbee, "Michael McDonald finding his way to coolness in reboot, plays Crest tonight," 10 July 2018 The city tore down the old Pogue's parking garage across the street from his business, and the plans for replacing it have so far not materialized. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Park your car in Cincinnati? It's going to cost you (a lot) more.," 3 July 2018 In another gorgeous instance, the video display does the opposite of melting, when dancing, peachy blobs reach toward each other and then materialize into a pair of giant hands. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Projections the highlight of ‘Solo Date’ at S.F. International Arts Fest," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of materialize

1710, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of materialize was in 1710

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materialize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of materialize

: to become visible : to appear especially in a sudden or magical way
: to begin to happen or exist : to occur or become real

materialize

verb
ma·​te·​ri·​al·​ize | \ mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce materialize (audio) \
materialized; materializing

Kids Definition of materialize

1 : to appear suddenly As soon as I arrived, my friends materialized.
2 : to become actual fact Their hopes never materialized.
3 : to cause to take on a physical form She claimed she could materialize the spirits of the dead.

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