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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'll say I idealized her; possibly I did, but there she is.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • That she idealized him was true, but he grew richly in grace.

    The Spirit of Sweetwater Hamlin Garland
  • She felt a sudden loathing of the man whom she had idealized as a saint.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • You are constantly told that Greece idealized whatever she contemplated.

  • Tom Travis—returned and idealized—with him, the joint heir of The Gaffs.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
British Dictionary definitions for idealized

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 idealized

idealize

v.

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

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