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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Democratic veterans say Harris’ approach reflects a realization that even if her party takes Congress next year, any Senate majority will be narrow and that bipartisan action in Washington is increasingly rare. Tal Kopan,, "Kamala Harris would lean on presidential power, not Congress, for big plans," 15 June 2019 Two Colorado women might have come to that very realization. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: Colorado is ready for a reasonable abortion debate," 14 June 2019 Nor did the realization that his seat belt wasn’t fully fastened—a moment that sent his heart rate skyrocketing. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Venus, Earth’s Evil Twin, Beckons Space Agencies," 12 June 2019 Christine Toy Johnson has a lovely way of showing Diane’s realization that life is for living and happiness can be found in unexpected places. Matthew J. Palm,, "'Come From Away:’ Amazing show closes out Broadway season in Orlando | Review," 11 June 2019 The realization that she has been deprived of a country only registers later, after the family has left Europe. Madeleine Schwartz, Harper's magazine, "Warm, Weird, Effervescent," 10 June 2019 Kris Jenner's pillowy shoulder pads nearly distract from the realization that there's a painting of a much older version of her in someone's Calabasas attic. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Who Wore the Biggest Shoulders at the 2019 Met Gala? An Investigation," 7 May 2019 My understanding of the necessity of community engagement and education came from early realizations in Madagascar with the fossa. National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 8 Apr. 2019 These realizations leave you with more questions than answers, a situation that might change with more diverse teachers. Grace Madigan, The Seattle Times, "Student Voices: There is power in seeing yourself at the front of a classroom," 29 Mar. 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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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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to take the place or position of

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