Definition of dematerialize in English:


Line breaks: de|materi¦al|ize
Pronunciation: /diːməˈtɪərɪəlʌɪz
(also dematerialise)


[no object]
  • 1Become free of physical substance.
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    • Radio words dematerialize, lost the moment they're uttered.
    • Many reports have come back that the Plates ‘disappear’ or actually dematerialize.
  • 1.1(In science fiction) disappear by means of some imagined technological process: he watched the time machine dematerialize
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    • With that he dematerialized once again and disappeared, obviously happy that he didn't have to hide any longer.
    • The figure watched them go and dematerialized into the wind once again with a sinister laugh.
    • Specters sometimes drifted throughout the area, watching him with disconcertingly blank faces of incorporeal ectoplasm and dematerializing seconds later.
  • 1.2 [with object] Replace (physical records or certificates) with a paperless computerized system: (as adjective dematerialized) a dematerialized stock lending service
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    • The distinction between a material and dematerialized economy is, I think, a false one.
    • If securities are represented by a global note or are dematerialized, then bailment is not an appropriate characterization, even in the simplest of cases governed by English law.
    • What was solid fact on Sunday had dematerialised by Monday.



Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • As a historian, how do you feel about the so-called disappearance, dematerialization, or deobjectification of the artwork?
  • The disappearing logo might just be the canary in the coal mine signifying the dematerialization of music.
  • It's not that the need for food, water and shelter disappears with dematerialization; on the contrary, dematerialization is predicated on a certain level of material well-being.

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