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
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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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26 Jun 2022

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“Actualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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