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v. ma·te·ri·al·ized, ma·te·ri·al·iz·ing, ma·te·ri·al·iz·es
1. To come into existence; become real: Their support on the eastern flank did not materialize.
2. To appear, especially suddenly: "As they plunged down the highway, hazy purple mountains materialized" (Tom Bissell). See Synonyms at appear.
3. To take physical form or shape. Used especially of a spirit or ghost.
1. To cause to become real or actual: By building the house, we materialized a dream.
2. 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).

ma·te′ri·al·i·za′tion (-ə-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.materialization - the process of coming into beingmaterialization - the process of coming into being; becoming reality; "the materialization of her dream"
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
2.materialization - an appearance in bodily form (as of a disembodied spirit)materialization - an appearance in bodily form (as of a disembodied spirit)
appearance - the event of coming into sight
3.materialization - something that comes into existence as a result; "industrialism prepared the way for acceptance of the French Revolution's various socialistic offspring"; "this skyscraper is the solid materialization of his efforts"
consequence, effect, result, upshot, outcome, event, issue - a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon; "the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise"; "his decision had depressing consequences for business"; "he acted very wise after the event"


1. The condition of being in full force or operation:
2. The condition of being fulfilled:
holdgun; òaî aî verîa raunverulegur
maddîleş me


nVerkörperung f; (of ghosts)Materialisation f


(məˈtiəriəl) noun
1. anything out of which something is, or may be, made. Tables are usually made from solid material such as wood.
2. cloth. I'd like three metres of blue woollen material.
1. consisting of solid(s), liquid(s), gas(es) or any combination of these. the material world.
2. belonging to the world; not spiritual. He wanted material things like money, possessions and power.
3. essential or important. evidence that is material to his defence.
maˈterially adverb
to a great or important extent. Circumstances have changed materially.
maˈterialize, maˈterialise verb
1. to take solid or bodily form. The figure materialized as we watched with astonishment.
2. (of something expected or hoped for) to happen. I don't think her plans will materialize.
maˌterialiˈzation, maˌterialiˈsation noun
References in classic literature ?
Every now and then the rear guard and the white men cast apprehensive glances rearward as though momentarily expecting the materialization of some long expected danger from that quarter.
Then came the creation of mind-people, or rather the materialization of imaginings.
He never expected any tangible evidence of their existence after death; he did not believe that they had the power either for good or for evil other than the effect that their example while living might have had upon following generations; he did not believe therefore in the materialization of dead spirits.
Granting the possibility of spiritual apparition and even materialization, yet the apparition and materialization of a half-gallon brown clay jug--a piece of coarse, heavy pottery evolved from nothing--that is hardly thinkable.
The materialization of the two projects will turn Greece into a channel bringing major quantities of natural gas from the regions of the Caspian Sea and central Asia to western Europe.
18), but the prosthesis is also 'a materialization of that entity [the body]--one that quite literally brings it into being' (p.
Our memories define us, with our art being a materialization of memories and experiences.
ZMP is obviously betting on the eventual materialization of a larger market for their products.
When one reads the narratives in chronological order, notably with the benefit of Matar's general and Vitkus' individual introductions, common themes emerge--notably the religious themes of delivery and redemption--but the most striking materialization is the intensifying increase in the amount of information contained in the narratives over the seventeenth century.
The specifics of any given instantiation or materialization are crucial, if impermanent, aspects of the object's authenticity.
The Thai subsidiary of Toyota added in its press release that Thailand will become the ''Detroit of Asia'' in the future given the substantial materialization of trade liberalization in Southeast Asia.
Another person is not sought as a person but as the materialization of impossible wish fantasies.