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verb uk ( UK usually crystallise)   /ˈkrɪs.təl.aɪz/ us  
[I] If a liquid crystallizes, it turns into crystals. [T] If something crystallizes your thoughts or opinions, it makes them clear and fixed: The event helped to crystallize my thoughts.
noun [U] uk ( UK usually crystallisation)   /ˌkrɪs.təl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us  
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