realize

verb
re·​al·​ize | \ˈrē-ə-ˌlīz \
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 \ 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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While speaking at the 2018 Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 17, Lana revealed that the producers didn’t realize how tall Noah was until after they’d been cast in their respective roles. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lana Condor on Auditioning for "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" With Noah Centineo," 18 Nov. 2018 Many people don’t realize that the amazing beauty of nature extends to the microscopic world. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Meet the Man Who Takes Pictures of Microbes," 18 Oct. 2018 In an interview with the BBC (via Woman's Day) in 2016, Countess Sophie explained that Lady Louise hadn't realized how famous her grandmother really was. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Lady Louise Windsor? Princess Eugenie's 'Special Attendant' Is Also Her Cousin," 12 Oct. 2018 In an interview with the BBC's Louise Minchlin in May 2016, the Countess of Wessex revealed that her daughter didn't realize her grandmother was the Queen of England. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "Who Is the Queen's Youngest Granddaughter, Lady Louise Windsor," 12 Oct. 2018 The three defendants then deleted the messages sent between them after realizing what had happened. Jon Porter, The Verge, "California man pleads guilty to fatal swatting and FCC bomb threat," 14 Nov. 2018 During her matching interview for the photoshoot, 29-year-old Kravitz dropped the major bombshell that she’s been secretly engaged for the majority of this year, and no-one even realized. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Who is Karl Glusman? Zoë Kravtiz Confirms She's Been Secretly Engaged to the Actor For Months," 30 Oct. 2018 There’s an interesting parallel drawn here to Kevin and Zoe’s relationship in the present day, and Zoe realizing that Kevin is completely oblivious to the reality of her life as a woman of color. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "'This Is Us' Reveals the Heartbreaking Promise Miguel Made to Jack Before He Died," 24 Oct. 2018 Chris Metcalf, publisher of the left-leaning Reasonable People Unite, compares the overnight disappearance of his account to an assault on free speech, rather than the company realizing its oft-reneged upon promise to stamp out fake news. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook's Fake News Problem Isn't Russian Anymore—It's Homegrown," 12 Oct. 2018

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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

: to achieve (something, such as a goal, dream, etc.)

realize

verb
re·​al·​ize | \ˈrē-ə-ˌlīz \
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 \
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 \ noun

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