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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Other Words from actualize

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

Examples of actualize in a Sentence

several years passed before any profits from the enterprise actualized
Recent Examples on the Web 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 But part of it is also maybe the beginning of the Clippers actualizing their defensive potential on a regular basis. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Clippers grind out a win over Suns with all-around effort," 26 Feb. 2020 Lastly, established as a wellness center in the consciousness-expanding heyday of 1960s California, the Esalen Institute long predates current trends with its famed self-actualizing workshops. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Biggest Wellness Travel Trends: Sound Baths, Tickling Helmets, and More," 14 Feb. 2020 Barbra Streisand, Oscar-winning actress, director, singer The 14th Amendment of our Constitution actualized what many of the Founders wanted, promoting equal protection under the law for all Americans. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "What the Constitution means to Nancy Pelosi and Barbra Streisand, among other Americans," 4 Sep. 2019 This bus tour will support that movement by training, motivating and helping women realize and actualize their power. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Women-Led Organization Kicks Off Bus Tour To Mobilize Female Voters," 9 Sep. 2019 Nevertheless, it’s been suggested Murray and his teammates won’t be able to actualize the offense without simulating much of it during live-game situations. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals don't plan to change anything offensively even as criticism mounts," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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14 May 2020

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“Actualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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