- to cause to form crystals or take on a crystalline structure
- to give a definite form to
- to coat with sugar
- to become crystalline in form
- to take on a definite form: their customs crystallized into law
verbcrys·tal·lized, crys·tal·liz·ing, crys·tal·liz·es also crys·tal·ized or crys·tal·iz·ing or crys·tal·iz·es
- To cause to form crystals or assume a crystalline structure.
- To give a definite, precise, and usually permanent form to: The scientists finally crystallized their ideas about the role of the protein.
- To coat with crystals, as of sugar.
- To assume a crystalline form.
- To take on a definite, precise, and usually permanent form.
(third-person singular simple present crystallizes, present participle crystallizing, simple past and past participle crystallized)
- (chemistry, physics) to make something form into crystals
- I crystallized the copper sulphate by slowly cooling a saturated solution.
- (intransitive) to assume a crystalline form
- The copper sulphate crystallized from solution.
- to give something a definite or precise form
- After some thought, I crystallized my ideas for the paper.
- (intransitive) to take a definite form
- My ideas crystallized overnight.
- to coat something with crystals, especially with sugar
- We crystallized the fruit by coating in sugar.
crystal + -ize