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Pronunciation: (mu-tēr'ē-u-līz"), [key]
v., -ized, -iz•ing.

1. to come into perceptible existence; appear; become actual or real; be realized or carried out: Our plans never materialized.
2. to assume material or bodily form; become corporeal: The ghost materialized before Hamlet.

1. to give material form to; realize: to materialize an ambition.
2. to invest with material attributes: to materialize abstract ideas with metaphors.
3. to make physically perceptible; cause (a spirit or the like) to appear in bodily form.
4. to render materialistic. Also, esp. Brit.,ma•te'ri•al•ise".

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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