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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
First recorded in 1780-90; ideal + -ize
Related forms
idealizer, noun
overidealize, verb, overidealized, overidealizing.
unidealized, adjective
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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

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 idealize
v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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