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.