Definition of crystallize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkristəˌlīz/


1Form or cause to form crystals: [no object]: when most liquids freeze they crystallize
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  • As the solution cools, quinine sulfate crystallizes out.
  • Such solutions are unstable and the addition of a tiny amount of the solute will cause all of the excess solute to crystallize out of solution.
  • At regular intervals they remove samples and measure how many of the C triglycerides in the liquid oil phase crystallise out.
form crystals, solidify, harden
1.1 [no object] Make or become definite and clear: vague feelings of unrest crystallized into something more concrete [with object]: writing can help to crystallize your thoughts
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  • A good briefing can save you hours of legwork and days of phone- and email-tag, particularly when you want information that can't be crystallized into a quick, clear question.
  • His ideas never crystallized into a system: he held that political thought had to be as mobile and protean as its object.
  • His smile crystallized into a frozen grin, the part in his hair fracturing to the very foundations of his Brylcream.
become clear, become definite, take shape, materialize, coalesce
informal jell
1.2 (usually as adjective crystallized) Coat and impregnate (fruit or petals) with sugar as a means of preserving them: a box of crystallized fruits
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  • If you're going to crystallise the rose petals for the topping, simply paint each one with egg white and dip in caster sugar, coating well.
  • Fleurs de sucre are crystallized flower petals or berries, beautifully packaged up in tall glass tubes.
  • The sliced lemon added on day 2 also becomes crystallized and very yummy as its own treat.



Pronunciation: /ˈkristəˌlīzəb(ə)l/
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  • After 1985/6 the real glory days of terminal bonus and potentially crystallisable gain were over.
  • More subtly, by dividing the crystallizable material into discrete nanometer-scale domains, such as cylinders or spheres, one nucleation event per domain becomes necessary to crystallize the material.
  • The chain folding concept was helpful in understanding the physical and chemical properties of crystallisable polymers, matters of practical as well as scientific importance.


Pronunciation: /ˌkristələˈzāSH(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ˌkristəˌlīˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • It is an international trend for people to move into cities which are the crystallization of human civilization.
  • This is further refined by carbon filtration to remove any traces of molasses before crystallization.
  • The final year physics undergraduates plan to study the crystallisation of protein solutions in weightless conditions.

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Syllabification: crys·tal·lize

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