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crystallize

crys·tal·lize

crystallize

 
pronunciation:
krI st laIz
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: crystallized, crystallizes, crystallizing
definition 1: to convert into or cause to become crystals.
definition 2: to put into a clearly defined form.
The new information helped me crystallize my plans.
similar words:
take shape
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to take the form of crystals.
similar words:
candy
definition 2: to become clearly defined, as an idea.
derivations: crystallizable (adj.), crystallization (n.)
Word Parts
The word crystallize contains the following part:
-ize, -ise Greek verb-forming suffix that means to turn into or cause to be
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The suffix -ize , -ise forms transitive verbs from adjectives (civilize ) and nouns (crystallize ). The oldest English verbs ending in -ize were loanwords from Greek (baptize , catechize ).