re·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌrē-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce realization (audio) \

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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That also applies to self-realization, to understanding your life better. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "A Computer Scientist's Guide To Dumping the Needless Tech In Your Life," 25 Feb. 2019 The labor movement, then, was a further obstacle to the realization of Mises’s project. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, "How neoliberalism shapes the global economy and limits the power of democracies," 23 Apr. 2018 Early complaints about vandalism, blocked sidewalks, and scofflaw riders — while still valid — have since given way to a realization that, hey, these things are kind of fun! Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Bird’s electric scooters are getting more rugged to handle heavy use," 24 Sep. 2018 The realization that life is cyclical is a long view, a fatherly view. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Dave Matthews Sings to the Next Generation on ‘Come Tomorrow’," 6 June 2018 And Juarez says that realization can actually be a blessing., "So Your Ex Has Moved On...," 12 June 2018 The Rockets had come West with all sorts of optimism in this series, but the realization that Curry has found his way again will certainly be a concern heading into Game 4 at Oracle Arena on Tuesday. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Steph Curry emphatically, profanely reasserts himself in Warriors' Game 3 rout of Rockets," 21 May 2018 Then, and only then, is the realization of a dream: Hollis will turn professional, as a member of the Symetra Tour. Dennis Manoloff,, "Rocky River native Jillian Hollis, on eve of turning pro, checks in with DMan's World," 13 May 2018 This spring, the Spurs saw firsthand how fragile success can be, even after 20 years of it, and that realization might have been jarring in a good way. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "With or without Kawhi, Spurs were bound for a reckoning," 12 May 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
formal : 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 How to pronounce realization (audio) \

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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