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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.
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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:
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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
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Materialisations of a woman writer; investigating Janet Frame's biographical legend.