realize

verb
re·​al·​ize | \ ˈrē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce realize (audio) \
realized; realizing

Definition of realize

transitive verb

1a : to bring into concrete existence : accomplish finally realized her goal
b : to cause to seem real : make appear real a book in which the characters are carefully realized
2a : to convert into actual money realized assets
b : 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

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Other Words from realize

realizable \ ˌrē-​ə-​ˈlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce realizable (audio) \ adjective
realizer noun

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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

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.
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And locals have realized that whatever Los Angeles gives, Los Angeles can also take away. Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles is finally ditching coal — and replacing it with another polluting fuel," 16 July 2019 This, of course, made Dustin realize that his little friend was actually pretty dangerous and even possibly a demogorgon. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Breakdown of Every Monster In "Stranger Things"," 13 July 2019 Guzy, who now works for the firm Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C., said his clients quickly realized the scope of the 9th Circuit decision. Jeremy P. Jacobs, Science | AAAS, "Are dinosaur fossils ‘minerals’? The Montana Supreme Court will decide high stakes case," 10 July 2019 Eventually, experts would realize ADHD is much more than that. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "What We Know About the Causes and Symptoms of ADHD," 30 June 2019 What many people don't realize is that the price of renewable energy sources has fallen dramatically over the last 20 years, and in many cases is lower than the price of fossil fuels. CNN Underscored, "Arcadia Power is making renewable energy more accessible and affordable," 28 June 2019 As the due date neared, Gomez-Rejon realized that there just wasn't enough time. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Current War Pits Benedict Cumberbatch Against Nicholas Hoult and Michael Shannon," 26 June 2019 Obviously, there’s quite a few of us that have been there in these big games to sort of realize those moments and that experience was really big for us today. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT sneaks by Spain 2-1 in gritty World Cup match, advances to quarterfinals," 25 June 2019 The crew member on the Coast Guard ship realized the speck of land about the size of Grand Central Terminal was Farsi Island. Megan Rose, ProPublica, "Trump Keeps Talking About the Last Military Standoff With Iran — Here’s What Really Happened," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of realize

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for realize

French réaliser, from Middle French realiser, from real real

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realize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of realize

: to understand or become aware of (something)
: to cause (something) to become real
formal : to achieve (something, such as a goal, dream, etc.)

realize

verb
re·​al·​ize | \ ˈrē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce realize (audio) \
realized; realizing

Kids Definition of realize

1 : to be aware of : understand Do they realize the danger?
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 : to get as a result of effort : gain Will your business realize a profit?

realize

transitive verb
re·​al·​ize | \ ˈrē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce realize (audio) \
realized; realizing

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

Other Words from realize

realization \ ˌrē-​ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce realization (audio) \ noun

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