verb re·al·ize \ˈrē-ə-ˌlīz\

Definition of realize




  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2a :  to convert into actual money realized assetsb :  to bring or get by sale, investment, or effort :  gain realized a large profit

  4. 3 :  to conceive vividly as real :  be fully aware of did not realize the risk she was taking


play \ˌrē-ə-ˈlī-zə-bəl\ adjective



Examples of realize in a Sentence

  1. They did not realize the risk that was involved.

  2. He finally realized the scope of the problem.

  3. She realizes how much things have changed.

  4. Do you realize how difficult that stunt is?

  5. You just have to realize that you can't always get what you want.

  6. She slowly realized what he was trying to say.

  7. He realized a lifelong dream by winning an Olympic medal.

  8. He finally realized his ambition to start his own business.

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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

think, conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea of. think implies the entrance of an idea into one's mind with or without deliberate consideration or reflection. I just thought of a good joke conceive suggests the forming and bringing forth and usually developing of an idea, plan, or design. conceived of a new marketing approach imagine stresses a visualization. imagine you're at the beach fancy suggests an imagining often unrestrained by reality but spurred by desires. fancied himself a super athlete realize stresses a grasping of the significance of what is conceived or imagined. realized the enormity of the task ahead envisage and envision imply a conceiving or imagining that is especially clear or detailed. envisaged a totally computerized operation envisioned a cure for the disease

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


verb re·al·ize \ˈrē-ə-ˌlīz\

Definition of realize for Students




  1. 1 :  to be aware of :  understand Do they realize the danger?

  2. 2 :  to bring into being :  accomplish The war looked like my chance to realize my old dream of flying. — Richard Peck, A Long Way from Chicago

  3. 3 :  to get as a result of effort :  gain Will your business realize a profit?

Law Dictionary


transitive verb re·al·ize \ˈrē-ə-ˌlīz\

Legal Definition of realize



  1. 1 :  to convert into money

  2. 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


\ˌrē-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ play noun

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