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 realize (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 To realize that Hemingway’s famously muscular prose was born of admiration for a middle-aged lesbian’s sui-generis sentences and paragraphs? Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "A New Hemingway Documentary Peeks Behind the Myth," 5 Apr. 2021 The Bears realize a big offensive contribution by Butler at this point is merely a bonus to what’s been an exceptional team effort to date in Indianapolis. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, "'Getting the band back together': Baylor leans on Jared Butler, unfulfilled dream in Final Four," 2 Apr. 2021 Beginning Saturday, Indianapolis will again realize that opportunity, staging the final two rounds of what everyone hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime, all-in-one-place NCAA tournament. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "'One of the first steps': The story of Indy's transformative first Final Four," 2 Apr. 2021 Most people may realize only vaguely their own contributions to neural net research. Los Angeles Times, "Review: AI’s humble beginnings and potentially sinister future," 29 Mar. 2021 The iPhone will realize a foreign tracker is in a user’s vicinity and offer to disable it. Chris Smith, BGR, "A top leaker might’ve just revealed pricing for a first-of-its-kind Apple product," 26 Mar. 2021 Despite the frustrations, many Germans realize the only way to stop the virus from spreading is to reduce contact between people and retreat again to their homes. New York Times, "Merkel Reverses Prolonged Easter Shutdown Plan, Apologizing for ‘Mistake’," 24 Mar. 2021 Tired of turning on the TV to see `NCAA basketball tournament,' only to realize that of course that means men's. Star Tribune, "Weight room debacle again demonstrates NCAA's ridiculous treatment of women's basketball," 21 Mar. 2021 This zealotry upsets not only conservatives; prospective students also realize the limited utility of a degree in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies. Daniel Pipes, WSJ, "The Future of U.S. Higher Education: A Few Stars, Many Satellites," 21 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of realize was circa 1611

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10 Apr 2021

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“Realize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/realize. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for realize

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 realize (audio) \ noun

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