Definition of materialize in English:


Line breaks: ma¦teri¦al|ize
Pronunciation: /məˈtɪərɪəlʌɪz
(also materialise)


[no object]
  • 2(Of a ghost, spirit, or similar entity) appear in bodily form: he plays a teenager whose make-believe friend materializes
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    • There must be strange entities materializing from the ether, ghouls, ghosts, or spirits hanging out in the material world to warn or haunt us.
    • Near Virginia City, Nevada, the spirit of a camel materializes, led by a dead man.
    • This time he knew what it was before the ghost even materialized.
  • 2.1 [with object] Represent or cause to appear in bodily or physical form: a medium, she was reputed to materialize substances
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    • So, although the image of the coach abstracts the family dynamic into a mathematical or schematic imbalance, it also materializes it as one of mechanical and physical awkwardness.
    • The government was on the brink of materializing it in 1995.
    • However, these must now be materialized by the adoption of specific mechanisms to respond to the needs of defenders so that they can exercise their activities freely.



Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • The ‘boxlike contraption’ only gradually comes into focus, beginning with the ‘black tiles of ivory’ and completing its materialization with the reference to music.
  • The successful materialization of these fugitive images is a challenge.
  • All this seemed extremely close to the kind of materialization of time that preoccupied Einstein.

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