- 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.
transitive verbmaterialized, 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
verbma·te·ri·al·ized, ma·te·ri·al·iz·ing, ma·te·ri·al·iz·es
- 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 &ellipsis; of materializing our upper class, vulgarizing our middle class, and brutalizing our lower class” (Matthew Arnold).
- To come into existence; become real: Their support on the eastern flank did not materialize.
- To appear, especially suddenly: “As they plunged down the highway, hazy purple mountains materialized” (Tom Bissell). See Synonyms at appear.
- To take physical form or shape. Used especially of a spirit or ghost.
(third-person singular simple present materializes, present participle materializing, simple past and past participle materialized)
- To cause to take physical form, or to cause an object to appear.
- (intransitive) To take physical form, to appear seemingly from nowhere.
- To regard as matter; to consider or explain by the laws or principles which are appropriate to matter.