also crystalize verb (-lized; -lizing) Date: 1598 transitive verb 1. to cause to form crystals or assume crystalline form 2. to cause to take a definite form <
tried to crystallize his thoughts
3. to coat with crystals especially of sugar <
crystallize grapes
intransitive verb to become crystallized • crystallizable adjectivecrystallization nouncrystallizer noun

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