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 But case surges in large communities in Florida, Arizona, Texas, and California have prompted new restrictions and even new lockdown orders as well as the realization among lawmakers that more federal help will be needed. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Virus surge pushes Congress toward new coronavirus aid package," 9 July 2020 As more state leaders reach the realization bars fuel the spread of the virus, one health expert says there is one simple choice going forward. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Nothing about the coronavirus is simple. Except the small actions you can take to prevent its spread," 9 July 2020 The motivating factors: Historically low mortgage interest rates and the realization that shuttered offices and schools require more living space. oregonlive, "Bidding wars: Portland homes with a private office, big yard are selling fast during the coronavirus," 6 July 2020 That realization was a kick in the pants for the characters, who had thus far cruised through many key life decisions (especially Issa, the more idle of the two). Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Insecure Is Finally Growing Up," 18 June 2020 That expectation is leading modelers and planners to a difficult realization. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "Covid-19 Is Bad. But It May Not Be the ‘Big One’," 17 June 2020 The realization that the Harless family had a connection with Valencia stunned a neighbor. Sig Christenson,, "San Antonio home where GI and family found dead was once owned by oil theft ringleader," 10 June 2020 The interior upgrade comes as part of Ford’s realization the F-150 couldn’t rest on its laurels as the top-selling vehicle in the U.S. for the past 38 years. Keith Naughton, Fortune, "Ford reveals the redesign of its biggest moneymaker, the F-150 pickup," 26 June 2020 But as more time passed, realization set in: Had that random Friday been their last real day of school? Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "Follow high school grads as they say goodbye to a senior year stolen by coronavirus," 24 June 2020

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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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13 Jul 2020

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“Realization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 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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