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verb [intransitive/transitive] crystallize pronunciation in British English /ˈkrɪstəlaɪz/
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present tense
present participlecrystallizing
past tensecrystallized
past participlecrystallized
  1. 1
    chemistry to change into crystals, or to make something change into crystals

    Ice had crystallized on the window pane overnight.

  2. 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.


… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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