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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These are not even desperate blind flings from the realization of the hopeless situation in our society; these are just senseless inertial impulses of a decrepit organism that has lost its bearing. Anatoly Chernyaev, Harper's magazine, "Cogs of War," 19 Aug. 2019 The realization of how complex [and costly] those impacts are… should help motivate greater policy engagement. Geoff Dembicki, Scientific American, "Companies May Limit Life-saving Climate Data to Clients that Can Pay," 15 Aug. 2019 Nevertheless, a realization could toss you off-track -- at least for a while. Absorb the information and its implications., "Horoscope," 26 Aug. 2019 There’s the realization that something’s got to change. al, "What’s Next for United Methodists? Progressives gather to discuss LGBTQ-friendly plan," 22 Aug. 2019 After everyone tired of reading on their Kindles, there was a delightful, if unexpected, realization. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Gwyneth Paltrow Hired a Personal Book Curator—Here's What He Chose For Her Shelves," 20 Aug. 2019 And then came a sense of déjà vu: the referee standing still, not pointing to the center-circle and then the dread realization that this goal, like Raheem Sterling’s last season, was not going to stand. Jonathan Wilson,, "Once Again VAR Plays Saboteur to Man City as Tottenham Escapes With a Point," 17 Aug. 2019 We are disoriented by the realization that what is absurd to some is true enough to others. N.c., The Economist, "Conspiracy theories are dangerous—here’s how to crush them," 12 Aug. 2019 Now, the W and Z were postulated and discussed by many people, but the experimental realization required very high energies — for the time, at least. Quanta Magazine, "A Call for Courage as Physicists Confront Collider Dilemma," 7 Aug. 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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