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 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 Biden, to greater surprise, emerged from last week’s midterm elections with a stronger mandate than anticipated, as the a red wave failed to materialize and his Democrats maintained control of the Senate. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2022 But Republicans on Wednesday found little to celebrate as disappointing results rolled in from battleground districts across the country and the much-touted red wave failed to materialize. Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 Apple previously canceled plans to increase production of its new iPhones this year after an anticipated surge in demand failed to materialize, Bloomberg News has reported. Arkansas Online, 8 Nov. 2022 Apple previously cancelled plans to increase production of tis new iPhones this year after an anticipated surge in demaind failed to materialize. José Adorno, BGR, 7 Nov. 2022 While faring better than other smartphone makers, the company has backed off plans to increase production of its new iPhones this year after an anticipated surge in demand failed to materialize, Bloomberg has reported. Nick Lichtenberg, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2022 But when a suitable script failed to materialize, the project evaporated. Jordan Runtagh, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2022 When the inflated ad estimations failed to materialize, even more media workers lost their jobs. Amanda Mcloughlin, Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 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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Cite this Entry

“Materialize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/materialize. Accessed 28 Nov. 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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