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  1. (verb-transitive) To cause to form crystals or assume a crystalline structure.
  2. (verb-transitive) To give a definite, precise, and usually permanent form to: The scientists finally crystallized their ideas about the role of the protein.
  3. (verb-transitive) To coat with crystals, as of sugar.
  4. (verb-intransitive) To assume a crystalline form.
  5. (verb-intransitive) To take on a definite, precise, and usually permanent form.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. I felt the idea crystallize, come home to roost, whatever the hell it is goofy ideas do. - Asimov's Science Fiction
  2. Mr. Reesling was silent for a long time, letting the idea crystallize, so to speak. - Anderson Crow, Detective
  3. According to Woese and colleagues, the Darwinian threshold is the point in evolutionary history when the three domains, Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukarya, "crystallize" (Woese's term, 1998) their cellular architectures, which then become refractory to HGT. - A Disclaimer for Behe?
  4. “It did kind of crystallize things,” said Mr. Webb, 26. - Beautiful Banker Yields Interest: Life After Goldman Is a Catwalk!
  5. It has been ten months since I last cashed in an option; a year since I last fired an employee to "enhance shareholder value," and 11 months since I sold the company to "crystallize" that value. - Rocco Rossi: Solo In Spain


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