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 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 The government’s threats, first made in the week-long tit-for-tat in April, will be actualized starting Friday, July 6. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "A timeline of how the U.S.-China trade war led us to this ‘code red’ situation," 5 July 2018 The strongest asset of this new product approach is actualized in community. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "KeyForge: The red-hot card game where every deck is unique—and unchangeable," 15 Dec. 2018 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

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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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