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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These sorts of realizations normally send me into a brief spiral of panic, and this time, the existential salve is a retinoid and Cocofloss, which has now come to have the effect of making me feel slightly better about absolutely everything. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "I used all the best stuff for a week and it nearly broke me," 12 Dec. 2018 Then there are those very real moments of realization: that your words online are important and that there is a responsibility to those words. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jonny Sun Knows That Twitter Can Still Be The Internet's Good Place," 22 Oct. 2018 Thankfully, that realization led me to a sports psychologist provided to the team through the U.S. Olympic Committee. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "Olympians Struggle With Anxiety Too—Here's What Helped Ibtihaj Muhammad," 23 July 2018 In 2026, that realization of the enormity of the whole thing will return, this time to the United States, Canada and Mexico. Mike Jensen,, "The World Cup is coming, and memories from '94 flood back," 13 June 2018 One approach to getting reasonable accuracy with a manageable-sized grid begins with the realization that there are often large regions where not much is happening. Lee Phillips, Ars Technica, "Turbulence, the oldest unsolved problem in physics," 10 Oct. 2018 With the realization that a seizure was a symptom of a bit of diseased brain, scientists began to correlate seizure symptoms with brain lesions to create a brain map. Suzanne O’sullivan, WSJ, "Confessions of the Miswired Brain," 5 Oct. 2018 This patient, Cheryl says, had a moment of self-realization. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Can Bad Men Change? What It’s Like Inside Sex Offender Therapy," 10 May 2018 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

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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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