- to grasp or understand clearly.
- to make real; give reality to (a hope, fear, plan, etc.).
- to bring vividly to the mind.
- to convert into cash or money: to realize securities.
- to obtain as a profit or income for oneself by trade, labor, or investment.
- to bring as proceeds, as from a sale: The goods realized $1000.
- Music. to sight-read on a keyboard instrument or write out in notation the full harmony and ornamentation indicated by (a figured bass).
- Linguistics. to serve as an instance, representation, or embodiment of (an abstract linguistic element or category): In “Jack tripped,” the subject is realized by “Jack,” the predicate by “tripped,” and the past tense by “-ed.”
- to convert property or goods into cash or money.
Origin of realize
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Examples from the Web for realise
We realise the Sea King fleet is ageing and welcome the investment in new aircraft.Is The Real Reason William is Quitting Flying His New American Boss?
March 29, 2013
And I admire Rembrandt too much not to realise the beauty that can be derived from frequenting the synagogue.David's Bookclub: Sodom and Gomorrah
September 29, 2012
They will know nothing of life till they do,—and natures like his can realise it.
It helps one, or should help one, to realise both, and not to be too conceited about either.
Simply because otherwise he would be unable to realise what he had done.
Her great distress was to realise that she was alone in the obscurity at such moments.The Dream
It is not difficult to realise what a strong position this was.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to become conscious or aware of (something)
- (tr, often passive) to bring (a plan, ambition, etc) to fruition; make actual or concrete
- (tr) to give (something, such as a drama or film) the appearance of reality
- (tr) (of goods, property, etc) to sell for or make (a certain sum)this table realized £800
- (tr) to convert (property or goods) into cash
- (tr) (of a musicologist or performer)
- to expand or complete (a thorough-bass part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass
- to reconstruct (a composition) from an incomplete set of parts
- to sound or utter (a phoneme or other speech sound) in actual speech; articulate
Word Origin and History for realise
1610s, "bring into existence," from French réaliser "make real" (16c.), from Middle French real "actual" (see real (adj.)). Sense of "understand clearly, make real in the mind" is first recorded 1775. Sense of "obtain, amass" is from 1753. Related: Realized; realizing.