- 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 realised
She said her husband showed her a photograph of a Buk launcher afterwards and she realised that was indeed what she had seen.MH17 Missile Can't Hide From These Internet Sleuths
August 2, 2014
A Turkish official close to the Prime Minister went further by saying Turkey realised that Iraq was falling apart.Turkey Gives Up On Unified Iraq
June 19, 2014
When we heard, we realised that so many of the people who stayed had died and that it was mostly our men.Typhoon Haiyan: The Philippine Village that Lost Its Men
November 17, 2013
On checking it, they realised that it was the same missile as in the U-2 photos.The Spy Who Saved The World—Then Tried To Destroy It
November 3, 2013
Walked into living room and realised I was holding signy thing and he had my remote control.Penis Beakers and Constipated Dolls: What Mothers REALLY Want To Know
October 11, 2013
Now I have realised that it is in me, I see quite clearly what I ought to do; in fact, must do.De Profundis
Never before had I realised what a great thing a newspaper is!
Merrily flew the years and almost before I realised it came graduation.
The blood seemed to flow back to my heart as I realised what I had done.
They realised that now they were looking at each other under a great white light.The Dream
- (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 realised
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.