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idealize

[ahy-dee-uh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), i·de·al·ized, i·de·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make ideal; represent in an ideal form or character; exalt to an ideal perfection or excellence.
verb (used without object), i·de·al·ized, i·de·al·iz·ing.
  1. to represent something in an ideal form.
Also especially British, i·de·al·ise.

Origin of idealize

First recorded in 1780–90; ideal + -ize
Related formsi·de·al·iz·er, nouno·ver·i·de·al·ize, verb, o·ver·i·de·al·ized, o·ver·i·de·al·iz·ing.un·i·de·al·ized, adjective
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idealize

idealise

verb
  1. to consider or represent (something) as ideal
  2. (tr) to portray as ideal; glorify
  3. (intr) to form an ideal or ideals
Derived Formsidealizer or idealiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for idealized

idealize

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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