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Definition of crystallize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crystallize
    he / she / it crystallizes
    past simple crystallized
    -ing form crystallizing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (of thoughts, plans, beliefs, etc.) to become clear and fixed; to make thoughts, beliefs, etc. clear and fixed Our ideas began to crystallize into a definite plan. crystallize something The final chapter crystallizes all the main issues.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] crystallize (something) (technology) to form or make something form into crystal The salt crystallizes as the water evaporates.
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noun [uncountable, singular] salt crystallization a crystallization of his life's work
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