Definition of dematerialize in US English:



[no object]
  • 1Become free of physical substance; cease to have material character or qualities.

    ‘the kiss dematerializes into a kind of spiritual rebirth’
    • ‘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 or cease to be physically present through some imagined technological process.
      ‘he watched the time machine dematerialize’
      • ‘Specters sometimes drifted throughout the area, watching him with disconcertingly blank faces of incorporeal ectoplasm and dematerializing seconds later.’
      • ‘The figure watched them go and dematerialized into the wind once again with a sinister laugh.’
      • ‘Lynx walked further into the waves, dematerializing into his water form.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Thanks, we'd appreciate that,’ she replied, putting the new books and bottles inside the trunk and dematerializing it once again.’
      disappear, vanish, evaporate, dissolve, melt away, melt into thin air, be dispelled
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    2. 1.2usually as adjective dematerializedwith object Replace (physical records or certificates) with a paperless computerized system.
      ‘a dematerialized stock lending service’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’