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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Each day restarts with the realization that Patrick is gone. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "A Carmel High School student's suicide raises questions over how schools discipline kids," 11 July 2018 Kelvin Cowans: No one wants to come to a realization that a mother with no criminal background, mother of seven of his children, would be involved in his murder. Josh Gelman, CBS News, "New twist in probe of slain NBA star Lorenzen Wright," 12 May 2018 The look of disgust on his face triggered a sudden realization: The Birkenstock sandal was basically me, in a nutshell—sensible, earthy, unfussy. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "We Fell in Love—And Then We Met in Person," 12 Feb. 2018 But after the initial confusion, disappointment, and cold realization of the nature of the NBA as a business, excitement settled in once again. Sarah Todd,, "Sixers coach Brett Brown admits 'human side' of Mikal Bridges trade was 'disturbing'," 22 June 2018 After the fits, starts and financial turbulence of recent days, the realization of a 5-Star-League coalition government put its populist posture on full display in Salvini's first public remarks. NBC News, "Italy gets Western Europe's 1st populist government," 1 June 2018 The big realization of recent years—and one that has crossed old disciplinary boundaries—is that the relevant relations involve quantum entanglement. George Musser, Scientific American, "What Is Spacetime?," 8 May 2018 Keuchel hit his knees leapt into the air incredulously at the realization of a stolen third out. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Oakland A's hand Astros their biggest loss of the season," 27 Apr. 2018 During his 18-year tenure, Carter's leadership resulted in an expansion of academic degree offerings, significant enrollment growth and the realization of a vision to see Eastern designated as Connecticut's Public Liberal Arts University. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of realization

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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