idealize

verb
ide·al·ize | \ī-ˈdē-(ə-)ˌlīz \
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 \ noun
idealizer \ī-ˈdē-(ə-)ˌlī-zər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for idealize

Synonyms

glamorize (also glamourize), glorify, romanticize

Antonyms

deglamorize

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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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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 The newer seeds that plant breeders produce, whether open-pollinated or hybrid, are manipulated to thrive, and aren’t idealized in the same way, except by the breeders. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "Seeds Only a Plant Breeder Could Love, Until Now," 27 Feb. 2018 Challenges are far too great to adequately mobilize another farming generation and draw people to the field, which is also ironic when farms are idealized as bucolic and peaceful. Adrian White, Good Housekeeping, "Farm Life Isn't Nearly As Idyllic As It Looks On Instagram—But I Still Wouldn’t Trade It For Anything," 11 Jan. 2018 Both idealized by Lawson (in their physical beauty) and pathologized by the culture (as symbols of violence or fear), they are largely liberated from the kinds of domestic circumstance and context in which Lawson tends to frame her women. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Deana Lawson’s Kingdom of Restored Glory," 8 Jan. 2018 The article avoids idealizing the victim, who, like the others, had been using drugs before the murder. USA TODAY, "Arizona Republic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel lead 2017 USA TODAY Network journalism awards," 7 Mar. 2018 One explanation suggested by his work is that long-distance daters tend to idealize their relationships. Dale Markowitz, The Atlantic, "What It’s Like to Finally Meet After Dating Online for Months," 14 Feb. 2018 No team idealized Philadelphia’s view of itself as the Eagles did — the gritty, blue-collar, Rocky-esque underdog, good but not quite good enough. JerÉ Longman, New York Times, "Suddenly, Philadelphia Has a Major Identity Crisis," 4 Feb. 2018 As the controversy heats up, some supporters try to idealize DACA recipients as model citizens, while some opponents try to demonize them. Glenn Garvin And Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "They have been smeared, glorified, made political pawns. But who are the ‘Dreamers’ really?," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of idealize

1786, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of idealize was in 1786

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idealize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of idealize

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

idealize

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

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