materialize

verb
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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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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There were a spate of rumors ahead of today’s event that didn’t materialize into new products. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Everything Apple announced at today’s September event," 10 Sep. 2019 Adaura unwittingly became one of tens of thousands of vulnerable Nigerian girls trafficked across Africa and Europe by criminal networks that lure them with job offers that never materialize. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Rescued trafficked women held in 'abhorrent' conditions in Nigerian shelters, new report says," 27 Aug. 2019 The show was originally recorded for a concert film based on the Purple tour that never materialized; according to DeLeo, that video footage has since gone missing. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Hear Stone Temple Pilots Tear Into 'Interstate Love Song' Back In 1994: Premiere," 22 Aug. 2019 The Arctic is supposed to be cold, of course, making thunderstorms—much less the dozens, perhaps hundreds of strikes that materialized near the north pole over the weekend—a rarity. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro," 13 Aug. 2019 The North African resistance was a dream that never materialized. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Haunting of Paris: Georges Mandel and the Long Legacy of Nazi Violence," 6 Aug. 2019 And how much of these additives can be consumed before harmful effects materialized? Risa Robinson, CNN, "The way you vape could make it even more dangerous," 16 Sep. 2019 And how much of these additives can be consumed before harmful effects materialized? Risa Robinson, The Conversation, "How a person vapes, not just what a person vapes, could also play a big role in vaping harm," 13 Sep. 2019 Fonseca was known for his depictions of Coyote, a canine trickster who materializes in all manner of very human settings. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: Stark domestic scenes by German painter Lenz Geerk," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of materialize

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

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 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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