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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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  • 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


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

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

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