Materialize Ma*te"ri*al*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Materialized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Materializing}.] [Cf. F. mat['e]rialiser.] 1. To invest with material characteristics; to make perceptible to the senses; hence, to present to the mind through the medium of material objects. [1913 Webster]

Having with wonderful art and beauty materialized, if I may so call it, a scheme of abstracted notions, and clothed the most nice, refined conceptions of philosophy in sensible images. --Tatler. [1913 Webster]

2. To regard as matter; to consider or explain by the laws or principles which are appropriate to matter. [1913 Webster]

3. To cause to assume a character appropriate to material things; to occupy with material interests; as, to materialize thought. [1913 Webster]

4. (Spiritualism) To make visable in, or as in, a material form; -- said of spirits. [1913 Webster]

A female spirit form temporarily materialized, and not distinguishable from a human being. --Epes Sargent. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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