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idealize

[ahy-dee-uh-lahyz] /aɪˈdi əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), idealized, idealizing.
1.
to make ideal; represent in an ideal form or character; exalt to an ideal perfection or excellence.
verb (used without object), idealized, idealizing.
2.
to represent something in an ideal form.
Also, especially British, idealise.
Origin of idealize
1780-1790
1780-90; ideal + -ize
Related forms
idealizer, noun
overidealize, verb, overidealized, overidealizing.
unidealized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for idealised
Historical Examples
  • The Romany Rest was one of the prettiest conceits, and though an idealised gypsy encampment, it proved a very popular attraction.

    Patty's Summer Days Carolyn Wells
  • It resembled the porter, but idealised the porter to the hero.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Shelley said of Epipsychidion that it was “an idealised history of his life and feelings.”

  • Fifteen pounds for Miss Maskelyne's prize bull-dog (I idealised him).

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • 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
  • You cannot expect young men of spirit to take to farming until it has been idealised.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • He may have idealised them, but they remain as they were made.

    Bernardino Luini James Mason
  • Poetry is either the idealised Real, the realistic Ideal, or the Ideal pure and simple.

    The Bridling of Pegasus Alfred Austin
  • The so idealised and belauded "home industries" are still savage.

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
British Dictionary definitions for idealised

idealize

/aɪˈdɪəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to consider or represent (something) as ideal
2.
(transitive) to portray as ideal; glorify
3.
(intransitive) to form an ideal or ideals
Derived Forms
idealizer, idealiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for idealised

idealize

v.

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

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