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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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  • 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


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.

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