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

     

    crystallize

     verb
    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪstəlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪstəlaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crystallize
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪstəlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪstəlaɪz//
     
    he / she / it crystallizes
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪstəlaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪstəlaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple crystallized
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪstəlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪstəlaɪzd//
     
    past participle crystallized
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪstəlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪstəlaɪzd//
     
    -ing form crystallizing
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪstəlaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪstəlaɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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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) (specialist) to form or make something form into crystals The salt crystallizes as the water evaporates.
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