To invest with material characteristics; to make perceptible to the senses; hence, to present to the mind through the medium of material objects.
- To cause to become real or actual: By building the house, we materialized a dream.
- To cause to become materialistic: "Inequality has the natural and necessary effect . . . of materializing our upper class, vulgarizing our middle class, and brutalizing our lower class” ( Matthew Arnold).
- To assume material or effective form: Their support on the eastern flank did not materialize.
- To take physical form or shape.
- To appear, especially suddenly. See Synonyms at appear.