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

Definition of idealize

transitive verb

1a : to attribute ideal characteristics to tended to idealize her teachers
b : to give an ideal form or value to
2 : to treat idealistically portraitists who idealize their subjects

intransitive verb

1 : to form ideals
2 : to work idealistically

Other Words from idealize

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Nonbackpackers may idealize it as a carefree nature meander, which much of it is, but the days are also chock-full of the minute tasks of daily living that take longer and/or require more intention. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 30 July 2022 This process encourages people, especially women, to idealize certain kinds of body types and to try to achieve them. Mark Travers, Forbes, 9 June 2022 And so we both sort of fetishize and idealize really excellent musicians from abroad and kind of have our own kind of, Oh, but what about our homegrown soloists? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2022 Letting go of a lost cause has two difficult and complicated steps, oversimplified as follows: Fill up your life meaningfully without this person, and resist the temptation to idealize what isn’t there. Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2022 Krasner, with his frank, no-nonsense rhetoric and his indifference to tradition, is easy to idealize. Anna Boots, The New Yorker, 6 Aug. 2021 But in her willingness to confront these authoritarian experiments, Colley refuses to idealize constitutions. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 Procrastinators often idealize their future selves, just like Eoin did. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Apr. 2021 Americans often idealize scientists as unbiased, objective observers. Popular Science, 28 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of idealize

1786, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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“Idealize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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transitive verb
variants: or chiefly British idealise \ ī-​ˈdē-​(ə-​)ˌlīz How to pronounce idealize (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 idealize (audio) \ noun

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