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materialize

verb [I] uk (UK usually materialise)   /məˈtɪə.ri.ə.laɪz/ us    /-ˈtɪr.i-/
If an object materializes, it appears suddenly: Suddenly a lorry appeared in front of her - it seemed to materialize out of nowhere. If an idea or hope materializes, it becomes real: She was promised a promotion but it never materialized. Her hopes of becoming a painter never materialized.
materialization
noun [C or U] uk (UK usually materialisation)   /məˌtɪə.ri.əl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us    /-ˌtɪr.i-/
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