Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to become real or actual: By building the house, we materialized a dream.
  • transitive v. 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).
  • intransitive v. To assume material or effective form: Their support on the eastern flank did not materialize.
  • intransitive v. To take physical form or shape.
  • intransitive v. To appear, especially suddenly. See Synonyms at appear.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause to take physical form, or to cause an object to appear.
  • v. To take physical form, to appear seemingly from nowhere.
  • v. Alternative spelling of materialise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To appear as a material form; to take substantial shape.
  • intransitive v. To come into existence.
  • transitive v. To invest with material characteristics; to make perceptible to the senses; hence, to present to the mind through the medium of material objects.
  • transitive v. To regard as matter; to consider or explain by the laws or principles which are appropriate to matter.
  • transitive v. To cause to assume a character appropriate to material things; to occupy with material interests.
  • transitive v. To make visable in, or as in, a material form; -- said of spirits.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give a material form or bodily existence to; make physically perceptible; embody in any manner. See II.
  • To give the character of metaphysical materialism to; render materialistic.
  • To reduce to a material basis or standard; treat as pertaining only to matter; give a material character to; make material, low, coarse, sensual, etc.: as, to materialize thought, morality, or mythology; to materialize one's ideas or enjoyments.
  • To become material; assume a material form; in recent spiritualistic use, to assume, as a spirit or immaterial entity, a form which is perceptible by the senses, or one that is visible, tangible, and (in the case of supposed spirits) capable of physical exertion.
  • To take form or shape; come into perceptible existence; become real: as, the project has not yet materialized.
  • Also spelled materialise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. come into being; become reality

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Examples

  • On the other hand, regarding fiction writing in general -- art doesn't materialize from a vacuum.

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  • 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.

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  • Then – boom – a strong concept seemed to materialize from the ether.

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  • I had seen a story materialize from a mere phone call and followed it first hand, all the way to the op-ed page of the Post.

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  • If the original infraction was particularly serious, the referee can later go back and punish the offender by whistling the original infraction if the advantage fails to materialize, which is where things can get really subjective.

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  • But for years Superfund has received general tax dollars, and from which bureaucratic mists did that new $19 billion price tag materialize?

    The Superfund Bait and Switch

  • I can just imagine the effect this hypothetical scenario will evoke here or anywhere else where devout Darwinian gradualists materialize, which is just about everywhere!

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  • It didn't materialize, which is great news and is exactly what this city needs.

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  • "If Bush's claim of 60 cell lines don't materialize, which is a serious possibility, what is his political future in this debate?"

    CNN Transcript Aug 11, 2001

  • Amazing - as if an "energy gap" more commonly known as an "enthusiasm gap" is supposed to "materialize" out of thin air.

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