crystallize


crystallize
UK [ˈkrɪstəlaɪz] / US [ˈkrɪst(ə)lˌaɪz] verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word forms "crystallize":
present tense I/you/we/they crystallize he/she/it crystallizes present participle crystallizing past tense crystallized past participle crystallized
1) chemistry to change into crystals, or to make something change into crystals

Ice had crystallized on the window pane overnight.

2) to become definite or easily understood, or to make something definite or easily understood

It was her trips to South and Central America that crystallized her desire to work on environmental issues.


English dictionary. 2014.

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