realize

verb
re·​al·​ize | \ ˈrē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce realize (audio) \
realized; realizing

Definition of realize

transitive verb

1a : to bring into concrete existence : accomplish finally realized her goal
b : to cause to seem real : make appear real a book in which the characters are carefully realized
2a : to convert into actual money realized assets
b : to bring or get by sale, investment, or effort : gain realized a large profit
3 : to conceive vividly as real : be fully aware of did not realize the risk she was taking

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Other Words from realize

realizable \ ˌrē-​ə-​ˈlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce realizable (audio) \ adjective
realizer noun

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think, conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea of. think implies the entrance of an idea into one's mind with or without deliberate consideration or reflection. I just thought of a good joke conceive suggests the forming and bringing forth and usually developing of an idea, plan, or design. conceived of a new marketing approach imagine stresses a visualization. imagine you're at the beach fancy suggests an imagining often unrestrained by reality but spurred by desires. fancied himself a super athlete realize stresses a grasping of the significance of what is conceived or imagined. realized the enormity of the task ahead envisage and envision imply a conceiving or imagining that is especially clear or detailed. envisaged a totally computerized operation envisioned a cure for the disease

Examples of realize in a Sentence

They did not realize the risk that was involved. He finally realized the scope of the problem. She realizes how much things have changed. Do you realize how difficult that stunt is? You just have to realize that you can't always get what you want. She slowly realized what he was trying to say. He realized a lifelong dream by winning an Olympic medal. He finally realized his ambition to start his own business.
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Democrats are realizing that this is the one policy the state could do that would impact the immigrant community the most. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented Are Approved in Win for Progressives," 17 June 2019 Christian Chabot, Pat Hanrahan, and Chris Stolte—realized that Excel isn’t enough. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "The multibillion-dollar sales of Tableau and Looker are a coming of age for data visualization," 12 June 2019 Scientists quickly realized that this planet would not be a home for future human exploration, nor an outlet on which to search for life. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Venus, Earth’s Evil Twin, Beckons Space Agencies," 12 June 2019 By the end of the 1700s, scientists had realized that silver chloride and silver nitrate would darken when exposed to light, a photochemical effect that would soon make photography possible. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Scientists found these old photographs contain metallic nanoparticles," 12 June 2019 Lawmakers quickly realized how the court’s decision would reshape their relations with the White House. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Farewell to Arms Deals," 11 June 2019 After years of working with clients with diabetes and heart disease, Zuckerbrot realized that eating more fiber helped people not only manage blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol, but also lose weight. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the F-Factor Diet? Why Nutritionists Love This Fiber-Filled Weight-Loss Plan," 11 June 2019 After asking some department analysts to dive into the data, Leitzke realized that hundreds of bike thefts get reported to the Milwaukee police annually. Jack Mccordick, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As Milwaukee's bike culture grows, police look to crack down on thefts through community education," 10 June 2019 Like me, Twitter realized that Prince Louis and his early-afternoon grump must be a spiritual soulmate. The Editors, Marie Claire, "The Reactions to Prince Louis' Trooping the Colour Grumpy Expression Are Priceless," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of realize

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for realize

French réaliser, from Middle French realiser, from real real

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realize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of realize

: to understand or become aware of (something)
: to cause (something) to become real
formal : to achieve (something, such as a goal, dream, etc.)

realize

verb
re·​al·​ize | \ ˈrē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce realize (audio) \
realized; realizing

Kids Definition of realize

1 : to be aware of : understand Do they realize the danger?
2 : to bring into being : accomplish The war looked like my chance to realize my old dream of flying.— Richard Peck, A Long Way from Chicago
3 : to get as a result of effort : gain Will your business realize a profit?

realize

transitive verb
re·​al·​ize | \ ˈrē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce realize (audio) \
realized; realizing

Legal Definition of realize

1 : to convert into money
2 : to obtain or incur (as a gain or loss) especially as the result of a sale, exchange, or other disposition of an asset realized a loss when the house was sold — compare recognize

Other Words from realize

realization \ ˌrē-​ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce realization (audio) \ noun

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