materialize

verb ma·te·ri·al·ize \ mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌlīz \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of materialize

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

Examples of materialize in a Sentence

  1. A waiter suddenly materialized beside our table.

  2. Rain clouds materialized on the horizon.

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First Known Use of materialize

1710


MATERIALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

materialize

verb

Definition of materialize for English Language Learners

  • : to become visible : to appear especially in a sudden or magical way

  • : to begin to happen or exist : to occur or become real


MATERIALIZE Defined for Kids

materialize

verb ma·te·ri·al·ize \ mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌlīz \

Definition of materialize for Students

materialized; materializing
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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