Definition of dematerialize in English:


(also dematerialise)


  • 1 Become 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’
      • ‘Lynx walked further into the waves, dematerializing into his water form.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘He immediately dematerializes, causing her punch to miss, and pulling her off balance.’
      • ‘With that he dematerialized once again and disappeared, obviously happy that he didn't have to hide any longer.’
      • ‘Specters sometimes drifted throughout the area, watching him with disconcertingly blank faces of incorporeal ectoplasm and dematerializing seconds later.’
      disappear, vanish, evaporate, dissolve, melt away, melt into thin air, be dispelled, dematerialize
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    2. 1.2[with 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.’
      • ‘The distinction between a material and dematerialized economy is, I think, a false one.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’