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material +‎ -ize


materialize (third-person singular simple present materializes, present participle materializing, simple past and past participle materialized) (American spelling, Oxford British English)

  1. (transitive) To cause to take physical form, or to cause an object to appear.
  2. (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.
  3. (transitive) To regard as matter; to consider or explain by the laws or principles which are appropriate to matter.
  4. (transitive, databases) To perform materialization; to save the results of a database query as a temporary table or materialized view.