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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