- Materialize is defined as to appear or become real.
- An example of materialize is a mirage of a beautiful hotel in the desert becoming real.
- An example of materialize is when a plan is implemented and becomes real.
materialize definition by Webster's New World
transitive verb materialized, materializing
- to give material form or characteristics to; represent in material form
- to make (a spirit, etc.) appear in bodily form
- to make materialistic
- to become fact; develop into something real or tangible; be realized: a plan that never materialized
- to take on, or appear in, bodily form: said of spirits, etc.
- to appear suddenly or unexpectedly
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- materialization noun
materialize definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb ma·te·ri·al·ized, ma·te·ri·al·iz·ing, ma·te·ri·al·iz·es verb, transitive
- To cause to become real or actual: By building the house, we materialized a dream.
- 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).
- To assume material or effective form: Their support on the eastern flank did not materialize.
- To take physical form or shape.
- To appear, especially suddenly. See Synonyms at appear.
- ma·teˌri·al·i·zaˈtion noun
- ma·teˈri·al·izˌer noun