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idealize

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verb ide·al·ize \ī-ˈdē-(ə-)ˌlīz\

Simple Definition of idealize

  • : to think of or represent (someone or something) as being perfect

Full Definition of idealize

ide·al·izedide·al·iz·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form ideals

  3. 2 :  to work idealistically

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to give an ideal form or value to b :  to attribute ideal characteristics to <tended to idealize her teachers>

  6. 2 :  to treat idealistically <portraitists who idealize their subjects>

ide·al·i·za·tion play \-ˌdē-(ə-)lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
ide·al·iz·er play \-ˈdē-(ə-)ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of idealize

  1. She tends to idealize her job.

  2. <he had a tendency to idealize his heroes and believe they could do no wrong>



1786

First Known Use of idealize

1786


Medical Dictionary

idealize

transitive verb ide·al·ize

Medical Definition of idealize

ide·al·ized or chiefly British ide·al·isedide·al·iz·ing or chiefly British ide·al·is·ing

  1. :  to give ideal form or value to :  attribute ideal characteristics of excellence to <constantly shifting moods and a tendency to idealize or devalue other people—Harvard Mental Health Letter>

  2. ide·al·iza·tion or chiefly British ide·al·isa·tion \ī-ˌdē-(ə-)lə-ˈzā-shən\play noun



Variants of idealize

or chiefly British ide·al·ise \ī-ˈdē-(ə-)ˌlīz\play


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