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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Recent Examples on the Web Whether customers realize it or not, Amazon owns dozens of brands that sell everything a person could need from morning straight through the night, from furniture to clothing, medicine, and bedding. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Amazon’s In-House Products Go Far Beyond AmazonBasics," 16 Sep. 2019 Or, alternatively, how much must be reduced before health benefits can be realized? Risa Robinson, The Conversation, "How a person vapes, not just what a person vapes, could also play a big role in vaping harm," 13 Sep. 2019 But as the Arabs themselves quickly realized, Moscow’s rhetoric had no throw-weight in Jerusalem. Vance Serchuk, National Review, "Russia’s Middle East Power Play," 12 Sep. 2019 The two quickly realize that the existing house—which is a split level—is too small to fit all the rooms and an addition must be added using space from the backyard that won’t change the street view. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "A Very Brady Renovation," 10 Sep. 2019 Limpongpan initially wanted to build jewelry-making schools in the Mae Hong Son province, where silversmithing and craft making is part of the Karen people's traditional lifestyle, but quickly realized the communities had more pressing needs. Stephanie Bailey, CNN, "The Thai entrepreneur who believes pretty jewelry can build a better earth," 5 Sep. 2019 Their stories made me realize we’re all struggling and learning the lessons of life. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Weiner's 'Mrs. Everything' Is Untraditional in Every Sense," 2 Sep. 2019 Many users do not know how to disable this feature or do not even realize it is enabled to begin with. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Film & TV makers debut new feature to end the “soap opera effect” scourge," 29 Aug. 2019 Jan Brown, who was the lead flight attendant, recalled the crash in 2014, telling The Associated Press the crew quickly realized the danger. chicagotribune.com, "Al Haynes, pilot who saved 184 lives by guiding Chicago-bound United Flight 232 into crash landing at Iowa airport in 1989, dies," 28 Aug. 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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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of realize was circa 1611

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realize

verb
How to pronounce realize (audio)

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?
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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