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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You idealize her, and are proud of her; and she is worthy of it all.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • But again, to idealize these possibilities would be foolish.

  • If you cannot realize your Ideal, you can at least idealize your Real.

    A Princess in Calico

    Edith Ferguson Black
  • You must not expect fine things of me; you must not idealize me.

    The Rescue Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Can you look at me, he asked, putting his hand on hers—can you look at me and think that I could idealize you?

    The Rescue Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • For this time she is given not a Novall but a Charalois to idealize.

    The Fatal Dowry Philip Massinger
  • There are those who idealize the successful and the rich and the lucky.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • She has never done him justice, and she thinks I idealize him.

  • We idealize in fancy because our idealizations in fact are balked.

British Dictionary definitions for idealize


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
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Word Origin and History for idealize

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

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