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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
  • 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


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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