What does crystalize mean?

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  1. clear, clear up, shed light on, crystallize, crystallise, crystalize, crystalise, straighten out, sort out, enlighten, illuminate, elucidateverb

    make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear

    "Could you clarify these remarks?"; "Clear up the question of who is at fault"

  2. crystallize, crystallise, crystalize, crystaliseverb

    cause to form crystals or assume crystalline form

    "crystallize minerals"

  3. crystallize, crystalize, crystalise, effloresceverb

    assume crystalline form; become crystallized

  4. crystallize, crystallise, crystalise, crystalizeverb

    cause to take on a definite and clear shape

    "He tried to crystallize his thoughts"


  1. crystalizeverb

    To cause something to form crystals

    I crystalized the copper sulphate by slowly cooling a saturated solution.

  2. crystalizeverb

    To coat something with crystals, especially of sugar

    We crystalized the fruit by coating in sugar.

  3. crystalizeverb

    To give something a definite or precise form

    After some thought, I crystalized my ideas for the paper.

  4. crystalizeverb

    To assume a crystalline form

    The copper sulphate crystalized from solution.

  5. crystalizeverb

    To take a definite form

    My ideas crystalised overnight.


  1. crystalize

    Crystallization is the process by which solid forms, where the atoms or molecules are highly organized into a structure known as a crystal. Some ways by which crystals form are precipitating from a solution, freezing, or more rarely deposition directly from a gas. Attributes of the resulting crystal depend largely on factors such as temperature, air pressure, and in the case of liquid crystals, time of fluid evaporation. Crystallization occurs in two major steps. The first is nucleation, the appearance of a crystalline phase from either a supercooled liquid or a supersaturated solvent. The second step is known as crystal growth, which is the increase in the size of particles and leads to a crystal state. An important feature of this step is that loose particles form layers at the crystal's surface and lodge themselves into open inconsistencies such as pores, cracks, etc. The majority of minerals and organic molecules crystallize easily, and the resulting crystals are generally of good quality, i.e. without visible defects. However, larger biochemical particles, like proteins, are often difficult to crystallize. The ease with which molecules will crystallize strongly depends on the intensity of either atomic forces (in the case of mineral substances), intermolecular forces (organic and biochemical substances) or intramolecular forces (biochemical substances). Crystallization is also a chemical solid–liquid separation technique, in which mass transfer of a solute from the liquid solution to a pure solid crystalline phase occurs. In chemical engineering, crystallization occurs in a crystallizer. Crystallization is therefore related to precipitation, although the result is not amorphous or disordered, but a crystal.


  1. crystalize

    To crystallize means to give a concrete, definite form or shape to something. It can also refer the process of forming solid crystals by precipitation from a solution, melt, or more rarely deposited directly from a gas. Additionally, it can mean to coat with sugar crystals.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crystalize in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crystalize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of crystalize in a Sentence

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    There is evidence that some risks have begun to crystalize. The current outlook for UK financial stability is challenging.

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