WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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. [+ object] to make real; give reality to (a hope, fear, plan, etc.):He realized his dream and became a teacher.
  3. [+ object] to obtain or gain for oneself by trade, labor, or investment:We realized a net profit of over six hundred thousand dollars.
re•al•iz•a•ble, adj. See -real-.

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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