Definition of realize
1a : to bring into concrete existence : accomplish finally realized her goalb : to cause to seem real : make appear real a book in which the characters are carefully realized
2a : to convert into actual money realized assetsb : to bring or get by sale, investment, or effort : gain realized a large profit
3 : to conceive vividly as real : be fully aware of did not realize the risk she was taking
realizableplay \ˌrē-ə-ˈlī-zə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of realize in a Sentence
They did not realize the risk that was involved.
He finally realized the scope of the problem.
She realizes how much things have changed.
Do you realize how difficult that stunt is?
You just have to realize that you can't always get what you want.
She slowly realized what he was trying to say.
He realized a lifelong dream by winning an Olympic medal.
He finally realized his ambition to start his own business.
Recent Examples of realize from the Web
Folks don’t realize that there are limitations in the body form.
How long until our regional partners, though, wake up and realize this?
That God gave every woman gifts, and the agency to realize those gifts, and that nothing about choosing to terminate a pregnancy or to delay childbearing puts a woman outside of God’s love.
The Warriors, West said, are realizing how superfluous risky passes are.
Promises that the treatment of blacks in the U.S. had changed were not realized, and her vocal opposition led to her being replaced by Gypsy Rose Lee.
On the surface, a long ago wish of a utopian community that Fairhope's founders envisioned more than 120 years ago, seems to have been realized.
That euphoria was eclipsed only by the sinking disappointment of realizing none of it was real.
Few doctors, patients, or government officials realized the extent of Alexion’s influence within AFAG, three former company managers say.
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Origin and Etymology of realize
French réaliser, from Middle French realiser, from real real
First Known Use: circa 1611
Synonym Discussion of realize
REALIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of realize for English Language Learners
: to understand or become aware of (something)
: to cause (something) to become real
: to achieve (something, such as a goal, dream, etc.)
REALIZE Defined for Kids
Definition of realize for Students
Legal Definition of realize
1 : to convert into money
2 : to obtain or incur (as a gain or loss) especially as the result of a sale, exchange, or other disposition of an asset realized a loss when the house was sold — compare recognize
realization\ˌrē-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ play noun
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