concretize. crystallize

In 2004, I asked Merriam-Webster the following question. Assistant Editor, Rose Martino, replied as follows.

Q: Crystallize means “to cause to take a definite form.” Concretize means “to make concrete, specific, or definite.” How do crystallize and concretize differ?

A: As far as I can tell, crystallize and concretize don’t really differ at all; they’re essentially synonymous. Both are used to refer to ideas, for example.

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