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actualize

[ak-choo-uh-lahyz] /ˈæk tʃu əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), actualized, actualizing.
1.
to make actual or real; turn into action or fact.
Also, especially British, actualise.
Origin of actualize
1800-1810
First recorded in 1800-10; actual + -ize
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  • They sought to actualize what their predecessors tried to symbolise.

    The Book of Tea Kakuzo Okakura
  • Youve made it possible for us to actualize our greatest dream.

    The Variable Man Philip K. Dick
  • And seeking to actualize them again, we do but renew the crust.

    Our Old Home Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Not to actualize the idea of the Church, only to strive after its actualization, is the task of a religious communion.

  • There must therefore be an external agent, itself actual, to actualize a potential.

  • Ceremonial deeds are used to actualize free contacts with Reality.

  • He could thus prove line-rotation without even being able to actualize in his experience such a rotation.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • There is no special corporeal potentiality (to speak in Aristotelian language) which it is destined to actualize.

    Aristotle George Grote
British Dictionary definitions for actualize

actualize

/ˈæktʃʊəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make actual or real
2.
to represent realistically
Derived Forms
actualization, actualisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for actualize
v.

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

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