Etymology
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crystallize (v.)

1590s, "convert into crystal;" 1660s "form into crystals;" from crystal + -ize. Intransitive sense of "be converted into crystals" is from 1640s. Figurative use, of opinions, love, etc., that are at first indeterminate, "assume a definite form and fixity," is from 1660s. Related: Crystallized; crystallizing.

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Definitions of crystallize

crystallize (v.)
cause to take on a definite and clear shape;
He tried to crystallize his thoughts
Synonyms: crystallise / crystalise / crystalize
crystallize (v.)
make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear;
Synonyms: clear / clear up / shed light on / crystallise / crystalize / crystalise / straighten out / sort out / enlighten / illuminate / elucidate
crystallize (v.)
cause to form crystals or assume crystalline form;
crystallize minerals
Synonyms: crystallise / crystalize / crystalise
crystallize (v.)
assume crystalline form; become crystallized;
Synonyms: crystalize / crystalise / effloresce
From wordnet.princeton.edu