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
Recent Examples on the Web For the realization of the capital stock of Esperaza, Sonangol provided 100% of the capital, amounting to 193.5 million euros. Chidinma Irene Nwoye, Quartz Africa, "Why Angola had to freeze the personal assets of Africa’s richest woman," 9 Jan. 2020 Moving to a city can be the first step towards the realization of one’s full potential, and a necessary condition to gain access to communities with similar interests and values. Andrea Mechelli, Quartz, "City living might be making you anxious—but it doesn’t have to," 26 Dec. 2019 When the 49ers sauntered off the field at halftime Sunday night leading 13-0 (yes, the 49ers held the Seahawks scoreless in the first half in this house of horrors) the realization dawned on many that, hey, maybe these 49ers are a pretty good team. Scott Ostler,, "49ers too legit to quit after nailbiting classic win at Seattle," 29 Dec. 2019 Luke Miller, a cognitive neuroscientist, was toying with a curtain rod in his apartment when he was struck by a strange realization. Richard Sima, Scientific American, "The Brain Senses Touch beyond the Body," 23 Dec. 2019 Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds welcomed their third child, a baby girl, in October Blake Lively just had a major realization after visiting the Museum of Ice Cream! Robyn Merrett,, "Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Visit the Museum of Ice Cream: 'Now I Get Why Everyone Screams'," 23 Dec. 2019 The Pistons front office was stunned, and the realization came quickly that Doumbouya could fall to them. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Boston Celtics show why Detroit Pistons took a flyer on Sekou Doumbouya," 21 Dec. 2019 The realization galvanized my resolve to return each year that ice conditions allow to track the harp seals’ lives and connect others with these creatures and their diminishing realm. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Inside the fragile world of Québec’s harp seals," 19 Dec. 2019 The realization can move between low-grade anxiety and full-blown panic — not unlike this opening track from Alex Lahey's The Best of Luck Club, in which guitars come crashing in and out like the Kool-Aid guy through a wall. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "25 Songs From LGBTQ Artists You May Have Missed In 2019," 19 Dec. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

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“Realization.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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