WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
re•al•ize /ˈriəˌlaɪz/USA pronunciation
v., -ized, -iz•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
re•al•iz•a•ble, adj. See -real-.
- to grasp with the mind, believe, or understand clearly: [~ + object]At long last he realized the truth.[~ + clause]Suddenly he realized what had happened.
- to make real;
give reality to (a hope, fear, plan, etc.):[~ + object]He realized his dream and became a teacher.
- to obtain or gain for oneself by trade, labor, or investment:[~ + object]We realized a net profit of over six hundred thousand dollars.
(rē′ə līz′),USA pronunciation v., -ized, -iz•ing. v.t.
- to grasp or understand clearly.
- to make real;
give reality to (a hope, fear, plan, etc.).
- to bring vividly to the mind.
- to convert into cash or money:to realize securities.
- to obtain as a profit or income for oneself by trade, labor, or investment.
- to bring as proceeds, as from a sale:The goods realized $1000.
- Music and Danceto sight-read on a keyboard instrument or write out in notation the full harmony and ornamentation indicated by (a figured bass).
- Linguisticsto 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.''
Also,[esp. Brit.,] re′al•ise′.
re′al•iz′a•bil′i•ty, re′al•iz′a•ble•ness, n.
- to convert property or goods into cash or money.
- French réaliser, Middle French, equivalent. to real real1 + -iser -ize
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged conceive, comprehend.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged accomplish, effect.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See imagine.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged misunderstand.
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realize, realise /ˈrɪəˌlaɪz/ vb
ˈrealˌizable, ˈrealˌisable adj ˈrealˌizably, ˈrealˌisably adv ˌrealiˈzation, ˌrealiˈsation n
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to become conscious or aware of (something)
- (tr, often passive) to bring (a plan, ambition, etc) to fruition; make actual or concrete
- (transitive) to give (something, such as a drama or film) the appearance of reality
- (transitive) (of goods, property, etc) to sell for or make (a certain sum): this table realized £800
- (transitive) to convert (property or goods) into cash
- (transitive)(of a musicologist or performer) to reconstruct (a composition) from an incomplete set of parts