Definition of realize
- finally realized her goal
- a book in which the characters are carefully realized
- realized assets
- realized a large profit
- did not realize the risk she was taking
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.
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First Known Use: circa 1611See Words from the same year
: to understand or become aware of (something)
: to cause (something) to become real
: to achieve (something, such as a goal, dream, etc.)
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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