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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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  • I've idealized nothing at all, but my own appreciation of her, and perhaps a trick or two, have caught you.

    A Top-Floor Idyl George van Schaick
  • She felt a sudden loathing of the man whom she had idealized as a saint.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Adam Smith expressed the process, named it, idealized it and made it self-conscious.

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
  • You'll say I idealized her; possibly I did, but there she is.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • Paine had idealized his countrymen, looking from his prison across three thousand miles.

British Dictionary definitions for idealized


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 idealized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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