materialize

verb
ma·te·ri·al·ize | \ mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌlīz \
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 those signatures failed to materialize, significantly weakening their hand. BostonGlobe.com, "Paul Ryan, under pressure, promises to hold immigration vote," 13 June 2018 The duel failed to materialize when Simpson missed the event final and Holloway didn't score. OregonLive.com, "Women take over at Hayward, and Ducks look for a better day; Oregon track & Field rundown," 7 June 2018 If the summit fails to materialize, the U.S. will have few other policies or options available. David C. Kang, Time, "Donald Trump Needs the North Korea Meeting More Than Kim Jong Un Does," 29 May 2018 Such firms may have even more to lose should the Chinese-U.S. trade talks fail to materialize. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Saving ZTE Isn't Just About Chinese Jobs. Americans Firms Also Have a Lot to Lose," 14 May 2018 His supposed improvement as a three-point shooter has also completely failed to materialize: Sixteen different players in this series have hit at least one three-pointer, but DeRozan (0-9 through three games) isn’t one of them. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "With the Raptors' Season on the Line, All DeMar DeRozan Could Do Was Sit and Watch," 6 May 2018 Whether Georgia Tech’s ideas will materialize is, of course, unclear. Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post, "The future of college education: Students for life, computer advisers and campuses everywhere," 6 July 2018 Either returning to the Cavs or joining the Sixers, Rockets, or Lakers seem like the most obvious ways forward, but others possibilities would materialize with his interest. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "LeBron James, Free Agency and the Biggest NBA Offseason Questions," 11 June 2018 None of this means bigger problems won’t eventually materialize. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Defaults of Crises Past Haunt China’s Markets," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of materialize

1710, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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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 \
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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