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[ak-choo-uh-lahyz] /ˈæk tʃu əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), actualized, actualizing.
to make actual or real; turn into action or fact.
Also, especially British, actualise.
Origin of actualize
First recorded in 1800-10; actual + -ize Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for actualise
Historical Examples
  • He did actualise knowing where some things could be hanging.

  • There is something unwholesome in acknowledging any ideal which we do not strive so far as we can to actualise.

  • His potentialities began to actualise with his comprehension of El Greco and the Venetians.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning Willard Huntington Wright
  • By it more nobly than by any other action man is enabled to actualise his superior nature.

    The Reform of Education Giovanni Gentile
  • It is a value, but not in the sense that man first appreciates it and subsequently looks for it and strives to actualise it.

    The Reform of Education Giovanni Gentile
British Dictionary definitions for actualise


verb (transitive)
to make actual or real
to represent realistically
Derived Forms
actualization, actualisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for actualise



1810, first attested in Coleridge, from actual + -ize. Related: Actualized; actualizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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