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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In an interview in September, Mr. Rice said his fundraising claims were based on soft commitments from investors that didn’t materialize. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Crypto Craze Drew Them In; Fraud, in Many Cases, Emptied Their Pockets," 26 Dec. 2018 The promised deficit restraint materialized even as Rome has downgraded the estimates for economic growth that are the basis for its budget math. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Italian Budget Fudge," 20 Dec. 2018 That deal never materialized, but Sater would remain in the Trump Organization’s orbit. Alex Ward, Vox, "Felix Sater, the spy, criminal, and mafia-linked business executive tied to Trump, explained," 6 Dec. 2018 As Mac notes, autoresponders are all the rage lately, having recently materialized inside Gmail. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A majority of Americans don’t think social networks are good for the world," 21 Nov. 2018 As the designer odyssey moves from New York to Paris, patterns are palpable—another baby bang here, another sprinkling of glitter there—until finally, everything materializes into one divine, season-defining tessellation. Vogue, "The Best Street Style Beauty Looks From the Spring 2019 Shows," 4 Oct. 2018 At the same time, however, her worst fears have been materialized. Fox News, "Ingraham: The rush to judgment and injustice for Kavanaugh," 18 Sep. 2018 But only when the disparate parts are brought together does the full measure of joy and musical acumen materialize. Randy Lewis, latimes.com, "The American ideal in music for July 4? Think Preservation Hall in New Orleans," 4 July 2018 Surrounding a main dining room with Western tables and chairs are the private zashiki rooms where shoes are left outside, floors are hidden under tatami mats and servers materialize at the sliding doors with the push of a button. New York Times, "The Restaurant That Became Japan’s Unofficial Ambassador," 3 July 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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