Definition of materialize in US English:

materialize

(British materialise)

verb

[no object]
  • 1Become actual fact; happen.

    ‘the assumed savings may not materialize’
    • ‘His demagogic promises of jobs and wage increases never materialized.’
    • ‘But as 2004 approaches, the dream has clearly not materialised.’
    • ‘This coming battle, if it materializes, represents a turning point in U.S. foreign policy and possibly a turning point in the recent history of the world.’
    • ‘I am training and am in good shape and can only wait and see what materialises along the way.’
    • ‘Rumours of a bid last week sent the stock soaring but yesterday investors headed for the exit as confirmation of an approach failed to materialise.’
    • ‘In actual fact, it is absolutely indispensable that it materialize very quickly.’
    • ‘They don't occur at random or materialise out of nowhere.’
    • ‘A final problem is that the benefits of postsecondary education may not materialize until individuals reach their late twenties or early thirties.’
    • ‘When the boom failed to materialize, eventually the scam got so large that it could no longer be hidden, and the entire house of cards came tumbling down.’
    • ‘By almost every other measure the difference was barely one goal, never mind the three that were to eventually materialise.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I can guarantee those savings will materialise over the timescale we have stated.’’
    • ‘The expectation was for an abrupt decline in consumer expenditures that, in fact, did not materialize.’
    • ‘That it didn't materialise was not for the wont of endeavour or skill.’
    • ‘Needless to say these jobs never materialised and in fact 175 jobs from the existing plant in Limerick were actually lost.’
    • ‘All these increases have materialized in the last six months.’
    • ‘Our forecast was wrong - we expected the relative decline of their position, and the reason why it did not materialise is another story, for a longer discussion.’
    • ‘A championship classic never materialised although both sides entered spells of entertaining football.’
    • ‘If this consolidation materializes, those computer giants will have more power to expand their market shares.’
    • ‘The salaries did in fact later materialize, and living within salaries is no form of corruption.’
    • ‘To establish a tendency or a possibility you do not have to prove that the tendency or the possibility in fact materialised.’
    happen, occur, come about, take place, come into being, transpire, arise, be realized, take shape
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    1. 1.1 Appear or be present.
      ‘the train didn't materialize’
      • ‘It is the end of another long day, and I have been watching often enough to see that at exactly 6: 45 each evening, a little old lady materializes like a guardian angel to take him home.’
      • ‘She crawled out of her sleeping bag and her dark head peered around the room once more, as though she expected her friends to materialise out of nowhere.’
      • ‘His promised overtime bonus (he worked an extra eight hours so he would have spending money for Christmas) never materialised.’
      • ‘Fortunately, countless friends materialized, all willing to help put together a wedding in less than two weeks.’
      • ‘The trouble is, as we now approach 2002, the artworks have never materialised.’
      • ‘So let's reserve judgment until actual evidence materializes.’
      • ‘A mixture of reef sharks and bulls, they have an uncanny ability to appear behind you or materialise from behind a coral head only feet away.’
      • ‘Austin noticed the disappointment in her eyes when she realized it was him, and swallowed a giant lump that suddenly materialized in his throat.’
      • ‘Why did he keep looking over his shoulder as if expecting for an assassin to materialize out of the shadows?’
      • ‘That friend never materialized, but I was saved from wandering the theatre in a lost manner by a very fortunate coincidence.’
      • ‘We had been told to expect a rescue package but none had materialised.’
      • ‘However, the estimated revenue has failed to materialise, primarily because householders have adopted a minimalist approach to refuse disposal.’
      appear, turn up, arrive, make in an appearance, put in an appearance, present itself, present oneself, come into sight, come into view, emerge, surface, loom, become visible, show itself, show oneself, reveal itself, reveal oneself, show one's face, come to light, pop up
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  • 2(of a ghost, spirit, or similar entity) appear in bodily form.

    • ‘The souls of the children materialized before her, staring into her very heart, crying to be free!’
    • ‘Near Virginia City, Nevada, the spirit of a camel materializes, led by a dead man.’
    • ‘Inspired by the gentle, tragic monster, they become convinced that there is a fugitive spirit inhabiting a remote farmhouse, which materialises in the form of an army deserter.’
    • ‘Everything was patiently explained and the chances of monsters somehow materialising under the bed were rationalised away.’
    • ‘Three older pair of elfin fairies materialize next to the children.’
    • ‘There must be strange entities materializing from the ether, ghouls, ghosts, or spirits hanging out in the material world to warn or haunt us.’
    • ‘It was as if a giant bubble from a science-fiction film had materialised all around this piece of land.’
    • ‘This time he knew what it was before the ghost even materialized.’
    • ‘The foes are also more elusive: Lumbering zombies are replaced by elusive ghosts that materialise and dematerialise at will.’
    • ‘A spirit then gradually materialized from the bones of the long dead corpse.’
    • ‘With a sense of morbid fascination, she peered into the darkness, waiting for the monster to materialize.’
    • ‘Several more ghosts materialized from the shadows and surrounded him, forming a tight circle of burning blue.’
    • ‘With a cloud of green smoke, she materialized sitting on top of my dresser, which is across from my bed on the other side of the room.’
    1. 2.1with object Cause to appear in bodily or physical form.
      • ‘But it is feared the ban would make it difficult for it to materialize its future investment plan, he said.’
      • ‘However, these must now be materialized by the adoption of specific mechanisms to respond to the needs of defenders so that they can exercise their activities freely.’
      • ‘However, despite the opportunity, it seems that our leaders are still not able to materialize the dreams of reform.’
      • ‘This is the big vision I have ahead, and I am sure that we can materialize this.’
      • ‘So, although the image of the coach abstracts the family dynamic into a mathematical or schematic imbalance, it also materializes it as one of mechanical and physical awkwardness.’
      • ‘The government was on the brink of materializing it in 1995.’
      • ‘It is in it that we materialize our reveries, through it that our dream seizes upon its true substance.’
      • ‘This is also the case in selecting the ways and means to materialize them.’
      • ‘In the synaptic space, art objects are resurrections of the creations of the mind - a mind that uses the body as a machine to materialize ideas, patterns, and emotions.’
      • ‘Indeed, in the film, the ocean can project and materialize the deepest thoughts that lie in the minds of the humans living close by.’
      • ‘The courses most frequently offered in distance learning curricula quite clearly materialize the end of the humanities.’

Pronunciation

materialize

/məˈtɪriəˌlaɪz//məˈtirēəˌlīz/