transitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
to lose or cause to lose material form
verbde·ma·te·ri·al·ized, de·ma·te·ri·al·iz·ing, de·ma·te·ri·al·iz·es
- To deprive of physical substance; make immaterial: medieval architects' attempts to dematerialize church walls into streams of light.
- To reduce the amount of material required for (a product or process): dematerialized the semiconductor industry.
- To convert (records, for example) from paper to digital or electronic form.
To lose physical substance; become immaterial: The dry ice seemed to dematerialize as it sublimated.
(third-person singular simple present dematerializes, present participle dematerializing, simple past and past participle dematerialized)
From de- + materialize.