actualize

verb
ac·​tu·​al·​ize | \ˈak-ch(ə-w)ə-ˌlīz, -sh(ə-w)ə-ˌlīz\
actualized; actualizing

Definition of actualize 

intransitive verb

: to become actual

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Other Words from actualize

actualization \ ˌak-​ch(ə-​w)ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən , -​sh(ə-​w)ə-​lə-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for actualize

Synonyms

appear, arise, begin, break, commence, dawn, engender, form, materialize, originate, set in, spring, start

Antonyms

cease, end, stop

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Examples of actualize in a Sentence

several years passed before any profits from the enterprise actualized

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But, perhaps, more importantly, these earth signs aren’t afraid to put in the work to actualize their aspirations. Allure, "How the Sun's Position In Your Birth Chart Affects Your Zodiac Sign," 14 Aug. 2018 The group hopes to have their dream actualized by August 2020, the centennial of women suffrage in the United States. Natalina Lopez, Town & Country, "There Are No Female Statues in Central Park—and One Group Has Vowed to Change That," 29 June 2017 But this time the potential for a national uprising was actualized as thousands of mostly Black residents of Ferguson took to the streets and inspired rallies across the country and around the world. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "TEACHING FOR BLACK LIVES," 10 July 2018 The work of the Ontario Live Music Working Group will now shift towards setting priorities, developing plans to actualize the recommendations, and encouraging engagement across the live music sector in order to bring this Vision to life. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Strategy Group Outlines Ways to Boost Ontario's $1.2 Billion Live Music Industry," 4 May 2018 The name and theme of the podcast reflects those who push boundaries with the purpose of actualizing their dreams, and as a kid growing up in Markham, Illinois, Rob credits his mom and inspiration as the original line stepper in his life. Chicago Reader, "Rob McKay of Connect Gallery," 28 June 2018 Aquarius With the intensity of lusty Mars in your sign for an unusually long time, new desires are bound to awaken and actualize in your life. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Find Summer Romance According to the Stars," 21 June 2018 Even with the increasing use of virtual walk-throughs and drone overviews, nothing replaces the physical experience of visiting an actualized building. Anthony Alofsin, The Atlantic, "A Defense of the Suburbs," 6 June 2018 All these real-world examples of governments attempting to actualize Marxist principles tell us nothing about Marxism. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Handed the Agenda to Conservatives and They Blew It," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of actualize

1701, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for actualize

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

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The first known use of actualize was in 1701

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