idealize

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

ide·al·ize

verb \ī-ˈdē-(ə-)ˌlīz\

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

ide·al·izedide·al·iz·ing

Full Definition of IDEALIZE

intransitive verb
1
:  to form ideals
2
:  to work idealistically
transitive verb
1
a :  to give an ideal form or value to
b :  to attribute ideal characteristics to <tended to idealize her teachers>
2
:  to treat idealistically <portraitists who idealize their subjects>
ide·al·i·za·tion \-ˌdē-(ə-)lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
ide·al·iz·er \-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>

First Known Use of IDEALIZE

1786

ide·al·ize

transitive verb    (Medical Dictionary)
ide·al·ized or chiefly British ide·al·isedide·al·iz·ing or chiefly British ide·al·is·ing

Medical Definition of IDEALIZE

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

Variants of IDEALIZE

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

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