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Definition of "materialize" []

  • To cause to become real or actual: By building the house, we materialized a dream. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to become materialistic: "Inequality has the natural and necessary effect . . . of materializing our upper class, vulgarizing our middle class, and brutalizing our lower class” ( Matthew Arnold). (verb-transitive)
  • To assume material or effective form: Their support on the eastern flank did not materialize. (verb-intransitive)
  • To take physical form or shape. (verb-intransitive)
  • To appear, especially suddenly. See Synonyms at appear. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "materialize" in a sentence
  • "On the other hand, regarding fiction writing in general -- art doesn't materialize from a vacuum."
  • "But Will Keep Its Secrets To mark the 84th anniversary of Harry Houdini's death, one of the magician's most famous props will materialize from a New York City magic shop as a key part of a new exhibit."
  • "Then – boom – a strong concept seemed to materialize from the ether."