- 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 realising
Realising the end was near, he asked to be flown back to England.Goodbye to My Hero
June 20, 2011
It is only by realising what I am that I have found comfort of any kind.De Profundis
He was silent a moment, realising with a wonder beyond words how different it was.The Incomplete Amorist
My great desire was to have a house that should be entirely my own, and I was then realising it.My Double Life
But realising the futility of such a course, I held my peace and waited agonisedly.The Shame of Motley
What He bore for us, shall we shrink from so much as realising?Holbein
- (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 realising
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.