(BrE also -ise) verb

The hoped-for boom never materialized.


A waiter suddenly materialized at her elbow.


We learned we must take threats seriously before they fully materialize.

fail to

The rise in share prices failed to materialize.

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  • materialize — is first recorded in 1710 and its first meaning was transitive (with an object): to materialize an idea was to realize it and to materialize a spirit was to make the spirit appear. Its intransitive use, now more familiar, dates from the late 19c …   Modern English usage

  • Materialize — Ma*te ri*al*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Materialized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Materializing}.] [Cf. F. mat[ e]rialiser.] 1. To invest with material characteristics; to make perceptible to the senses; hence, to present to the mind through the medium of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Materialize — Ma*te ri*al*ize, v. i. 1. To appear as a material form; to take substantial shape. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] 2. To come into existence; as, the promised donations never materialized. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • materialize — index embody, emerge, form, occur (happen), realize (make real), substantiate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • materialize — (v.) 1710, represent as material, from MATERIAL (Cf. material) (adj.) + IZE (Cf. ize). Meaning “appear in bodily form” is 1880, in spiritualism. Related: Materialized; materializing …   Etymology dictionary

  • materialize — externalize, objectify, incarnate, embody, actualize, *realize, hypostatize, reify …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • materialize — [v] come into being actualize, appear, become concrete, become real, become visual, be incarnate, be realized, coalesce, come about, come to pass, corporealize, develop, embody, emerge, entify, evolve, exteriorize, externalize, happen,… …   New thesaurus

  • materialize — (also materialise) ► VERB 1) become actual fact; happen. 2) appear in bodily form. DERIVATIVES materialization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • materialize — [mə tir′ē əl īz΄] vt. materialized, materializing 1. to give material form or characteristics to; represent in material form 2. to make (a spirit, etc.) appear in bodily form 3. to make materialistic vi. 1. to become fact; develop into something… …   English World dictionary

  • materialize — materialization, n. materializer, n. /meuh tear ee euh luyz /, v., materialized, materializing. v.i. 1. to come into perceptible existence; appear; become actual or real; be realized or carried out: Our plans never materialized. 2. to assume… …   Universalium

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