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

Definition of actualize

intransitive verb

: to become actual

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actualization \ ˌak-​ch(ə-​w)ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce actualize (audio) , -​sh(ə-​w)ə-​lə-​ \ noun

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Examples of actualize in a Sentence

several years passed before any profits from the enterprise actualized
Recent Examples on the Web With Clubhouse, Martin and other tribal members gather knowledge and aid by joining rooms and harnessing resources to actualize their cause. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, "How Clubhouse is engaging with Native American communities," 6 Mar. 2021 Taking this step to become a PBC enables us to intentionally and purposefully actualize these goals in a more comprehensive manner. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, "Companies Show Rising Support For Public Benefit Corporate Governance," 1 Mar. 2021 Mary Hodorowicz, a clinical assistant professor of psychology at the University of Maryland, said that speaking your goals out loud can help some people better actualize them. Phil Davis,, "No, it’s not weird to talk to yourself. Baltimore mental health experts point to pandemic, unrest as possible reasons," 22 Dec. 2020 What this administration needs to prioritize is making sure that this country is able to actualize a multiracial democracy. NBC News, "Alicia Garza on 'defunding the police,' Biden and what's next for Black Americans," 10 Dec. 2020 Nobody wants to cede that much power to history, to admit so little self-determination in the land of actualizing dreams. Washington Post, "Trapped in while dining out: When white people make me part of their show," 7 Jan. 2020 What’s the point of having agency, of being self-actualized, when your physical self might betray the whole thing? Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "My Body Is Not a Temple," 16 Apr. 2020 Billy is a motivational speaker who no longer believes his self-actualizing blather. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "In ‘Run,’ a Romantic Comedy That Breaks Free," 10 Apr. 2020 To see marginalization actualized in our official documents is what takes genealogy to a different place that many people are not comfortable going to. Jennifer Mendelsohn, Time, "The Census Is More Than Just a Form. It's a Window Into the History of American Families," 13 Mar. 2020

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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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10 Mar 2021

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“Actualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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