materialize

verb

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

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
2
a
: to appear especially suddenly
b
: to come into existence
materializer noun

Example Sentences

A waiter suddenly materialized beside our table. Rain clouds materialized on the horizon.
Recent Examples on the Web The best actress field will be crowded with big names and talent, but there’s a pocket of support for her that could materialize further. Clayton Davis, Variety, 25 Nov. 2022 European defense firm KMW+Nexter Defense Systems NV, a munitions specialist and manufacturer of military vehicles among other equipment, is still waiting on those contracts to materialize in order to increase its own operations. Benjamin Katz, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2022 From a technical perspective, the fact that the S&P 500 remains oversold enough alongside bearish sentiment may warrant a rebound that could materialize as early as next week, according to Dan Wantrobski at Janney Montgomery Scott. Rita Nazareth, Fortune, 7 Oct. 2022 But even if the federation folds, donors could materialize to keep the programs afloat independently and the programs that have lost employees could be restaffed under new arrangements. Asaf Elia-shalev, Sun Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2022 More are likely to materialize in the summer and, without major policy changes, could continue to get worse in years to come. Kasha Patel, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 One of those storms happened to materialize on Sunday night, wreaking havoc on Spring break travel plans–and providing near perfect conditions for the official celebration of Chanel’s first ephemeral boutique in two years. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, 18 Mar. 2022 Once Jackass Forever began to materialize in 2019, negotiations took a turn as Steve-O wanted to honor his younger self who always accepted the first offer and never countered. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2022 And while there has been some discussion of extending the period of mandatory conscription to at least a year, that, too, has failed to materialize. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/materialize. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

materialize

verb

ma·​te·​ri·​al·​ize mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce materialize (audio)
materialized; materializing
1
: to give material form and substance to
2
: to assume or cause to assume bodily form
a ghost materialized out of nowhere
3
a
: to come into existence
a promise that never materialized
b
: to appear suddenly

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