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- (transitive) To cause to take physical form, or to cause an object to appear.
- (intransitive) To take physical form, to appear seemingly from nowhere.
- 1875, Epes Sargent, The Proof Palpable of Immortality:
- a spirit form, temporarily materialized, and undistinguishable from a human being in the flesh, has come forth in the light […]
- 1920, D.H. Lawrence, chapter 1, in Women in Love:
- Don’t you find, that things fail to materialize? Nothing materializes! Everything withers in the bud.
- (transitive) To regard as matter; to consider or explain by the laws or principles which are appropriate to matter.
- (transitive, databases) To perform materialization; to save the results of a database query as a temporary table or materialized view.
to cause to take physical form or to appear
to take physical form or to appear seemingly from nowhere