re·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ˌrē-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of realization 

1 : the action of realizing : the state of being realized

2 : something realized

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Examples of realization in a Sentence

There is a growing realization that changes need to be made to the coaching staff. this research paper is the realization of an entire year's work

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But the most shocking moment of all was the realization that Nagini (yes, Voldemort's pet snake/Horcrux, Nagini) is actually a witch. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "New 'Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald' Trailer Confirms Voldemort’s Snake Nagini Was a Actually a WITCH," 25 Sep. 2018 The bad, in this case, was the realization that several of the team’s most prominent wide receivers — namely, Doug Baldwin (knee soreness), Brandon Marshall (ankle/toe) and David Moore (hip flexor) — sat out practice entirely with nagging injuries. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks training camp Day 5: What happened, injury report, photos and more," 31 July 2018 While the morning after the election was a bleak realization for many Americans, those who attended McKissick’s pitch meeting were brought together by an overwhelming sense of responsibility. Jessi Roti,, "Feast aims to improve Chicago's food deserts through community-focused music and arts," 12 July 2018 My biggest take away from Once Upon A Time is the realization that every day is a chance to start over. Alexia Fernandez,, "Lana Parilla, Andrew J. West Bid Farewell to Once Upon a Time as Fans Rejoice at the Series Finale," 18 May 2018 Chow is the realization of a dream by Tony Gulisano, who opened the original Chow near the Castro in San Francisco 21 years ago. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "With market, bakery and cafe, Oakland Chow bites off more than it can chew," 13 Apr. 2018 The alternative … is the realization of common opportunities for all within a single society. Vanessa Bee, Daily Intelligencer, "How We Can Get a More Equal Union," 27 Mar. 2018 As one could imagine, this was a life-changing realization for her, as made evident by her next declaration. Joseph Robertia, Anchorage Daily News, "Frenzied sled dogs, an eager 4-year-old, and an Alaska rite of passage," 1 Feb. 2018 That realization is what has inspired this current season: a profile of the criminal justice system as a whole. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A deep dive into Cleveland’s criminal justice system," 23 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of realization

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of realization was circa 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of realization

: the state of understanding or becoming aware of something

: the act of achieving something that was planned or hoped for

finance : the act of selling property in order to get money


re·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ˌrē-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən \

Kids Definition of realization

1 : the state of understanding or becoming aware of something

2 : the act of accomplishing something planned or hoped for

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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