Simple Definition of realize
: to understand or become aware of (something)
: to cause (something) to become real
: to achieve (something, such as a goal, dream, etc.)
Full Definition of realize
1 a : to bring into concrete existence : accomplish <finally realized her goal> b : to cause to seem real : make appear real <a book in which the characters are carefully realized>
2 a : to convert into actual money <realized assets> b : to bring or get by sale, investment, or effort : gain <realized a large profit>
3 : to conceive vividly as real : be fully aware of <did not realize the risk she was taking>
Examples of realize
They did not realize the risk that was involved.
He finally realized the scope of the problem.
She realizes how much things have changed.
Do you realize how difficult that stunt is?
You just have to realize that you can't always get what you want.
She slowly realized what he was trying to say.
He realized a lifelong dream by winning an Olympic medal.
He finally realized his ambition to start his own business.
Origin of realize
French réaliser, from Middle French realiser, from real real
First Known Use: circa 1611
Synonym Discussion of realize
think, cogitate, reflect, reason, speculate, deliberate mean to use one's powers of conception, judgment, or inference. think is general and may apply to any mental activity, but used alone often suggests attainment of clear ideas or conclusions <teaches students how to think>. cogitate implies deep or intent thinking <cogitated on the mysteries of nature>. reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind <reflecting on fifty years of married life>. reason stresses consecutive logical thinking <able to reason brilliantly in debate>. speculate implies reasoning about things theoretical or problematic <speculated on the fate of the lost explorers>. deliberate suggests slow or careful reasoning before forming an opinion or reaching a conclusion or decision <the jury deliberated for five hours>.
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