materialize

/meuh tear"ee euh luyz'/, v., materialized, materializing.
v.i.
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.
v.t.
3. to give material form to; realize: to materialize an ambition.
4. to invest with material attributes: to materialize abstract ideas with metaphors.
5. to make physically perceptible; cause (a spirit or the like) to appear in bodily form.
6. to render materialistic.
Also, esp. Brit., materialise.
[1700-10; MATERIAL + -IZE]
Syn. 1. emerge, show, rise, issue.

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