idealize

verb ide·al·ize \ ī-ˈdē-(ə-)ˌlīz \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of idealize

idealized; idealizing
intransitive verb
1 :to form ideals
2 :to work idealistically
transitive verb
1 a :to give an ideal form or value to
b :to attribute ideal characteristics to
  • tended to idealize her teachers
2 :to treat idealistically
  • portraitists who idealize their subjects

idealization

play \ī-ˌdē-(ə-)lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

idealizer

play \ī-ˈdē-(ə-)ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of idealize in a Sentence

  1. She tends to idealize her job.

  2. he had a tendency to idealize his heroes and believe they could do no wrong

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First Known Use of idealize

1786


IDEALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

idealize

verb

Definition of idealize for English Language Learners

  • : to think of or represent (someone or something) as being perfect


Medical Dictionary

idealize

transitive verb ide·al·ize
variants: or chiefly British idealise play \ī-ˈdē-(ə-)ˌlīz\

medical Definition of idealize

idealized or chiefly British idealised; idealizing or chiefly British idealising
:to give ideal form or value to :attribute ideal characteristics of excellence to
  • constantly shifting moods and a tendency to idealize or devalue other people
  • Harvard Mental Health Letter

idealization

or chiefly British idealisation play \ī-ˌdē-(ə-)lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun


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