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1. To invest wich material characteristics; to make perceptible to the senses; hence, to present to the mind through the medium of material objects. Having wich wonderful art and beauty materialised, if i may so call it, a scheme of abstracted notions, and clothed the most nice, refined conceptions of philosophy in sensible images. (Tatler)

2. To regard as matter; to consider or explain by the laws or principles which are appropriate to matter.

3. To cause to assume a character appropriate to material things; to occupy with material interests; as, to materialise thought.

4. To make visable in, or as in, a material form; said of spirits. A female spirit form temporarily materialised, and not distinguishable from a human being. (Epes Sargent)

Origin: cf. F. Materialiser.