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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
1780-90; ideal + -ize
Related forms
idealizer, noun
overidealize, verb, overidealized, overidealizing.
unidealized, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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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
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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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