ac·​tu·​al·​ize ˈak-ch(ə-w)ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce actualize (audio)
actualized; actualizing

intransitive verb

: to become actual
actualization noun

Examples of actualize in a Sentence

several years passed before any profits from the enterprise actualized
Recent Examples on the Web Elk Grove is just a few steps away from actualizing a new, state-of-the-art zoological park in south Sacramento County, and city leaders could decide within a matter of weeks whether to move forward with relocating the Sacramento Zoo. Marcus D. Smith, Sacramento Bee, 27 Mar. 2024 To actualize the potential of SDFs, a dual transformation is imperative. Natan Linder, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Using the systems model of architecture and the essence of a learning organization, intact teams have a better chance of actualizing the domain of action from guiding ideas and internalizing the domain of deep learning to create new sensibilities for the work at hand. Thomas Lim, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 That’s on top of Disney actualizing $3 billion in cost cuts and synergies. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024 During the 2020 election, Biden notably staked out a position of taking steps to abolish the federal death penalty, though since his election, he’s done little to actualize that promise. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 12 Jan. 2024 Together, the pair are unstoppable in this film, perhaps the only two actors who could actualize Schoenbrun’s ambitious plot. Kui Mwai, Essence, 29 Jan. 2024 Speech is latent as well as actualized with a potency far greater than any atomic bomb. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 8 Dec. 2023 Theirs is a stuck generation, educated but lacking the circumstances in which to actualize. Alissa Simon, Variety, 1 Dec. 2023

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Word History


probably borrowed from French actualiser, from actuel actual + -iser -ize

First Known Use

1701, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of actualize was in 1701

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“Actualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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