WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
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 © 2019
re•al•ize  (rēə līz′),USA pronunciation 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 Danceto sight-read on a keyboard instrument or write out in notation the full harmony and ornamentation indicated by (a figured bass).
  8. 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.''

  1. to convert property or goods into cash or money.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] real•ise′.  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. 
  • French réaliser, Middle French, equivalent. to real real1 + -iser -ize
  • 1605–15
    • 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.

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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