realize

verb
re·​al·​ize | \ˈrē-ə-ˌlīz \
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 \ 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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According to the emergency manager Guditus, people don't realize that — similar to Israel's border with the Gaza Strip — tunnels have been dug under the Mexico/U.S. border that are used to smuggle drugs and for infiltration into the United States. Josh Hasten, Jewish Journal, "U.S. first-responders study methodology in Israel," 3 July 2018 The night before the event, the organizers realized that the hotel's electric supply was direct current and the ranges required alternating current. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Mints go from trash to treasured cookies," 13 July 2018 Sometimes there are guys that don’t really realize it. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "No. 4 Cincinnati Bengals play of last 30 years: Gio Bernard spins Dolphins in circles," 27 June 2018 However successful Russia’s meddling efforts ultimately were, their goal was nonetheless realized, whether Trump is capable of accepting it or not. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump: Russia Must Be Proud of Meddling," 1 July 2018 Lakhani realized that eating well required a more significant dietary shift. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appetit, "In Search of Fatima Lakhani, Whose Cookbook Changed the Way My Family Ate," 27 June 2018 At the time, Mejia didn't realize he was being separated from his child. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Immigrant dad separated from son in Michigan: 'A pain in my heart'," 14 July 2018 People don’t realize that the honeybee is a domesticated animal. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Why are these 250,000 bees hanging out on this sweet Downtown Boise rooftop?," 11 July 2018 Most people probably don’t realize that tariffs set America on the path to become a world power. Hoyt Hilsman, WSJ, "Tariffs Made America Great," 10 July 2018

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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

: to achieve (something, such as a goal, dream, etc.)

realize

verb
re·​al·​ize | \ˈrē-ə-ˌlīz \
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 \
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 \ noun

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