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[ahy-dee-uh-lahyz] /aɪˈdi əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), idealized, idealizing.
to make ideal; represent in an ideal form or character; exalt to an ideal perfection or excellence.
verb (used without object), idealized, idealizing.
to represent something in an ideal form.
Also, especially British, idealise.
Origin of idealize
First recorded in 1780-90; ideal + -ize
Related forms
idealizer, noun
overidealize, verb, overidealized, overidealizing.
unidealized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for idealised
Historical Examples
  • Fifteen pounds for Miss Maskelyne's prize bull-dog (I idealised him).

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • It resembled the porter, but idealised the porter to the hero.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • I shall; only idealised by death, dignified, weird, washed by the sad sea.

    Tongues of Conscience

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • The moral "ought" is an idealised form of the primitive tribal "must."

    Theism or Atheism Chapman Cohen
  • He may have idealised them, but they remain as they were made.

    Bernardino Luini James Mason
  • For poor Mrs. Elvsted's sake I idealised the facts a little.

    Hedda Gabler Henrik Ibsen
  • Still it is plain at the close that the character of Job is idealised.

  • The so idealised and belauded "home industries" are still savage.

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • He had idealised his country in his mighty love, till disillusion was inevitable.

    The Life of Mazzini Bolton King
  • He was her hero, and she moulded him to her fancy, and beautified him, and idealised him.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
British Dictionary definitions for idealised


to consider or represent (something) as ideal
(transitive) to portray as ideal; glorify
(intransitive) to form an ideal or ideals
Derived Forms
idealizer, idealiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for idealised



1786, probably formed from ideal (adj.) + -ize. Related: Idealized; idealizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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