ide·​al·​ize | \ ī-ˈdē-(ə-)ˌlīz How to pronounce idealize (audio) \
idealized; idealizing

Definition of idealize

intransitive verb

1 : to form ideals
2 : to work idealistically

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Other Words from idealize

idealization \ ī-​ˌdē-​(ə-​)lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce idealization (audio) \ noun
idealizer \ ī-​ˈdē-​(ə-​)ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce idealizer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for idealize


glamorize (also glamourize), glamour (up), glorify, romanticize



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Examples of idealize in a Sentence

She tends to idealize her job. he had a tendency to idealize his heroes and believe they could do no wrong

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Then stop idealizing a person who didn’t value your relationship enough to consider relocating with you. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Woman can’t move on from hometown first love," 31 Aug. 2019 Even though readers tend to idealize these settings, Ames made sure to incorporate the highs and the lows into The Other’s Gold. Seija Rankin,, "How Elizabeth Ames wrote The Other's Gold, your new favorite campus novel," 27 Aug. 2019 Lorenz idealized the atmosphere in 12 equations that described the motion of gas in a rotating, stratified fluid. Joshua Sokol, WIRED, "These Hidden Women Helped Invent Chaos Theory," 26 May 2019 In 2009, after all, the Internet idealized supermodel Heidi Klum for returning to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway just five weeks after giving birth. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How Beyoncé Is Creating a New Narrative Around Motherhood and the Female Body," 6 Aug. 2018 But the temptation to idealize him as a symbol may be too strong. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Poet of the Body: New York’s Walt Whitman’ Review: An American Bard’s Early Years," 24 June 2019 The smooth hybrid of reggae and rock performed by Sublime with Rome idealizes the mellow Southern California lifestyle. kansascity, "KC concerts June 6-12: Luis Miguel, Billie Eilish, Sublime with Rome, Snarky Puppy," 4 June 2019 Resist the common tendency to idealize the relationship... Willa Bennett, Seventeen, "How Do You Get Over Your Ex?," 8 Sep. 2017 Schumer plays Renee, a woman who hits her head and wakes up with the confidence of a supermodel, and Ratajkowski is Mallory, a model Renee idealizes for her looks. Janet Mock, Marie Claire, "Emily Ratajkowski Is Unapologetically Herself," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of idealize

1786, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of idealize

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


transitive verb
variants: or chiefly British idealise \ ī-​ˈdē-​(ə-​)ˌlīz How to pronounce idealise (audio) \
idealized or chiefly British idealised; idealizing or chiefly British idealising

Medical Definition of idealize

: to give ideal form or value to : attribute ideal characteristics of excellence to constantly shifting moods and a tendency to idealize or devalue other peopleHarvard Mental Health Letter

Other Words from idealize

idealization or chiefly British idealisation \ ī-​ˌdē-​(ə-​)lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce idealisation (audio) \ noun

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