Definition of dematerialize in English:


(also dematerialise)


  • 1Become free of physical substance.

    • ‘Many reports have come back that the Plates ‘disappear’ or actually dematerialize.’
    • ‘Radio words dematerialize, lost the moment they're uttered.’
    1. 1.1 (in science fiction) disappear by means of some imagined technological process.
      ‘he watched the time machine dematerialize’
      • ‘With that he dematerialized once again and disappeared, obviously happy that he didn't have to hide any longer.’
      • ‘He immediately dematerializes, causing her punch to miss, and pulling her off balance.’
      • ‘Lynx walked further into the waves, dematerializing into his water form.’
      • ‘Specters sometimes drifted throughout the area, watching him with disconcertingly blank faces of incorporeal ectoplasm and dematerializing seconds later.’
      • ‘‘Thanks, we'd appreciate that,’ she replied, putting the new books and bottles inside the trunk and dematerializing it once again.’
      • ‘The figure watched them go and dematerialized into the wind once again with a sinister laugh.’
      disappear, vanish, evaporate, dissolve, melt away, melt into thin air, be dispelled
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    2. 1.2with object Replace (physical records or certificates) with a paperless computerized system.
      ‘a dematerialized stock lending service’
      • ‘What was solid fact on Sunday had dematerialised by Monday.’
      • ‘If securities are represented by a global note or are dematerialized, then bailment is not an appropriate characterization, even in the simplest of cases governed by English law.’
      • ‘The proliferation of chat rooms and discussion boards, including our own, tends to encourage investors to talk grandly of all the new and exciting possibilities that a ‘dematerialising’ economy can offer.’
      • ‘The distinction between a material and dematerialized economy is, I think, a false one.’