Definition of realize
1a : to bring into concrete existence : accomplish finally realized her goalb : to cause to seem real : make appear real a book in which the characters are carefully realized
2a : to convert into actual money realized assetsb : 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
realizableplay \ˌrē-ə-ˈlī-zə-bəl\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of realize from the Web
Miss Manners realizes that forms change over the years.
Turley heads back to minors La Cañada Flintridge resident Nik Turley saw his dream of reaching the major leagues realized June 11 when the 10-year veteran was called up by the Minnesota Twins to face the host San Francisco Giants.
The airline now realizes that such a reduction in size would be cruel, heartless, verging on the sadistic.
Without realizing why, they'll be encouraged to keep talking.
Capital One has to go back and realize the payment was actually made on time and then deduct the late fee.
Charley may be in for a rude awakening once Davis realizes she’s forged his name to get her investment paperwork approved.
Realized to the fullest, FireWire could replace SCSI and the unwieldy mess of ports and cables at the back of a desktop computer.
The public meeting will give citizens and property owners the opportunity to provide input about their community vision and the role that transit could potentially have in realizing it, according to city officials.
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Origin and Etymology of realize
French réaliser, from Middle French realiser, from real real
First Known Use: circa 1611See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of realize
REALIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of realize for English Language Learners
: to understand or become aware of (something)
: to cause (something) to become real
: to achieve (something, such as a goal, dream, etc.)
REALIZE Defined for Kids
Definition of realize for Students
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
realization\ˌrē-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ play noun
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