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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
re•al•ize /ˈriəˌlaɪz/USA pronunciation   v., -ized, -iz•ing. 
  1. to grasp with the mind, believe, or understand clearly: [+ object]At long last he realized the truth.[+ clause]Suddenly he realized what had happened.
  2. to make real; give reality to (a hope, fear, plan, etc.)[+ object]He realized his dream and became a teacher.
  3. to obtain or gain for oneself by trade, labor, or investment[+ object]We realized a net profit of over six hundred thousand dollars.
re•al•iz•a•ble, adj. See -real-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
re•al•ize  (rēə līz′), 
v., -ized, -iz•ing. 

  1. to grasp or understand clearly.
  2. to make real;
    give reality to (a hope, fear, plan, etc.).
  3. to bring vividly to the mind.
  4. to convert into cash or money:to realize securities.
  5. to obtain as a profit or income for oneself by trade, labor, or investment.
  6. to bring as proceeds, as from a sale:The goods realized $1000.
  7. Music and Dance[Music.]to sight-read on a keyboard instrument or write out in notation the full harmony and ornamentation indicated by (a figured bass).
  8. Linguistics[Ling.]to serve as an instance, representation, or embodiment of (an abstract linguistic element or category):In "Jack tripped,'' the subject is realized by "Jack,'' the predicate by "tripped,'' and the past tense by "-ed.''

  1. to convert property or goods into cash or money.
Also,[esp. Brit.,]real•ise′. 
  • French réaliser, Middle French, equivalent. to real real1 + -iser -ize
  • 1605–15
real•iz′a•ble, adj. 
re′al•iz′a•bili•ty, real•iz′a•ble•ness, n. 
real•iz′a•bly, adv. 
real•iz′er, n. 
1 . conceive, comprehend. 2 . accomplish, effect. 3 . See imagine.  1 . misunderstand.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

realize, realise /ˈrɪəˌlaɪz/ vb
  1. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to become conscious or aware of (something)
  2. (tr, often passive) to bring (a plan, ambition, etc) to fruition; make actual or concrete
  3. (transitive) to give (something, such as a drama or film) the appearance of reality
  4. (transitive) (of goods, property, etc) to sell for or make (a certain sum): this table realized £800
  5. (transitive) to convert (property or goods) into cash
  6. (transitive)(of a musicologist or performer) to reconstruct (a composition) from an incomplete set of parts

ˈrealˌizable, ˈrealˌisable adj ˈrealˌizably, ˈrealˌisably adv ˌrealiˈzation, ˌrealiˈsation n

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