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dematerialize

Syllabification: de·ma·te·ri·al·ize
Pronunciation: /ˌdēməˈtirēəˌlīz
 
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Definition of dematerialize in English:

verb

[no object]
1Become free of physical substance; cease to have material character or qualities: the kiss dematerializes into a kind of spiritual rebirth
More example sentences
  • 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 or cease to be physically present through some imagined technological process: he watched the time machine dematerialize
More example sentences
  • 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] (usually as adjective dematerialized) Replace (physical records or certificates) with a paperless computerized system: 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.

Derivatives

dematerialization

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌti(ə)rēələˈzāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • 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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