idealize

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verb ide·al·ize \ī-ˈdē-(ə-)ˌlīz\

Definition of idealize

idealized

;

idealizing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form ideals

  3. 2 :  to work idealistically

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1a :  to give an ideal form or value tob :  to attribute ideal characteristics to tended to idealize her teachers

  6. 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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1786

First Known Use of idealize

1786


IDEALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

idealize

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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

\ī-ˈdē-(ə-)ˌlīz\play

Medical Definition of idealize

idealized

or chiefly British

idealised

;

idealizing

or chiefly British

idealising

  1. :  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

\ī-ˌdē-(ə-)lə-ˈzā-shən\play noun


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