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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materializer noun

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Examples of materialize in a Sentence

A waiter suddenly materialized beside our table. Rain clouds materialized on the horizon.
Recent Examples on the Web At this point, there’s no telling which of these measures will materialize. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Political Realignment From Hell," 11 Mar. 2020 The delay also put pressure on the state, which had borrowed hundreds of millions of dollars against projected video gambling revenues that hadn’t yet materialized. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Beginner’s Luck: How One Video Gambling Company Worked the Odds and Took Over a State," 3 Mar. 2020 Peter, whose once-fake relationship with Lara Jean has now materialized as something real, suspects that his girlfriend is distracted by someone else. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "Noah Centineo Talks 'To All the Boys' Sequel and Saying Goodbye to Peter Kavinsky," 11 Feb. 2020 The Miners were held to 41 percent overall and 31 percent (5-of-16) from beyond the arc, and gave up 16 turnovers that UAB materialized into 20 points. Evan Dudley, al, "UAB earns consecutive road victory with 69-55 win at UTEP," 2 Feb. 2020 Bayer, which insists that Roundup is safe, said it’s too early to determine whether any of the worst-case scenarios described in the report will materialize., "El Jefe’s loses bid to stay open past midnight," 27 Feb. 2020 Even its most ardent defenders concede that genuine degrowth—which means real, Can Decreix-grade upheaval to daily life, not just fewer steaks or car trips every year—will not materialize under present economic and social conditions. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Privacy Policy," 27 Jan. 2020 After a gig in pornographic films failed to materialize, Johnson has recently explored stand-up comedy. Jordan Runtagh,, "Wu-Tang Affiliated Rapper Christ Bearer Gets Married After Near-Fatal 2014 Drug-Fueled Breakdown," 3 Jan. 2020 The fact that no such meeting materialized was the first sign that things were off to an uneasy start with Trump. Joshua Yaffa Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "The Mounting Scandal Over What Trump Said to Ukraine’s President," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of materialize

1710, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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25 Mar 2020

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“Materialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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


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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