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materialize

verb
     
ma‧te‧ri‧al‧ize also materialise British English [intransitive]
1 to happen or appear in the way that you expected:
Problems were expected, but they never materialized.
The money we had been promised failed to materialize.
2 to appear in an unexpected and strange way:
The figure of a man suddenly materialized in the shadows.
materialization noun [uncountable]

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