Definition of materialize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtɪəriəlaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪriəlaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they materialize
    BrE BrE//ˈtɪəriəlaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪriəlaɪz//
    he / she / it materializes
    BrE BrE//məˈtɪəriəlaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈtɪriəlaɪzɪz//
    past simple materialized
    BrE BrE//məˈtɪəriəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈtɪriəlaɪzd//
    past participle materialized
    BrE BrE//məˈtɪəriəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈtɪriəlaɪzd//
    -ing form materializing
    BrE BrE//məˈtɪəriəlaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈtɪriəlaɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1[intransitive] (usually used in negative sentences) to take place or start to exist as expected or planned The promotion he had been promised failed to materialize.
  2. 2[intransitive] to appear suddenly and/or in a way that cannot be explained A tall figure suddenly materialized at her side. (informal) The train failed to materialize (= it did not come).
  3. Extra examples The hoped-for boom never materialized. The rise in share prices failed to materialize. We learned we must take threats seriously before they fully materialize. Fortunately his fears never materialized.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: materialize