Definition of crystallize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪst(ə)lʌɪz/
(also crystallise)


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
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.
3Make 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, emerge, form, materialize
informal gel
4 Finance Convert or be converted from a floating charge into a fixed charge: no deduction is given for contingent liabilities until they crystallize [with object]: the sale may not crystallize the charge
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  • When a floating charge crystallizes, its priority in relation to subsequent dealings depends on the application of the usual principles and it will generally take priority over all charges created after crystallization.
  • It follows that the charge over the book and other debts was a floating charge until it crystallised on that date.
  • The contingent liability has now crystallised into a €113 million charge in the profit and loss account.



Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪst(ə)ˌlʌɪzəb(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: /ˌkrɪst(ə)lʌɪˈzeɪʃ(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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