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[muh-teer-ee-uh-lahyz] /məˈtɪər i əˌlaɪz/

verb (used without object), materialized, materializing.
to come into perceptible existence; appear; become actual or real; be realized or carried out:
Our plans never materialized.
to assume or bodily form; become corporeal:
The ghost materialized before Hamlet.
verb (used with object), materialized, materializing.
to give form to; realize:
to materialize an ambition.
to invest with attributes:
to materialize abstract ideas with metaphors.
to make physically perceptible; cause (a spirit or the like) to appear in bodily form.
to render .
(intransitive) to become fact; actually happen: our hopes never materialized
to invest or become invested with a physical shape or form
to cause (a spirit, as of a dead person) to appear in material form or (of a spirit) to appear in such form
(intransitive) to take shape; become tangible: after hours of discussion, the project finally began to materialize
(physics) to form (material particles) from energy, as in pair production

1710, “represent as material,” from material (adj.) + -ize. Meaning “appear in bodily form” is 1880, in spiritualism. Related: Materialized; materializing.


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