- 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 realizing
There was the obvious sight gags of Valerie not realizing who everyone was clapping for, when the party was clapping for her.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards
December 29, 2014
But one of the most enlightening experiences was realizing how close all of this hits to home.A Rallying Cry Against the Oversexualization of Our Youth
November 30, 2014
“The ‘Rosebud’ moment was realizing how we would only know whether that ‘future’ was true when the future was history,” she said.We All Have a Rosebud in Our Pasts
October 15, 2014
The giant retailer is realizing its dream of getting into the banking business, which should terrify populists of all stripes.The People Vs. the Bank of Walmart
October 1, 2014
Realizing the book was going to happen whether he wanted it to or not, Moses relented.‘The Power Broker’ Turns 40: How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece
September 16, 2014
I am only putting myself in his place and realizing—When do you leave?K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
A boat is also the only means of realizing the beauty of the coast.In the Heart of Vosges
But the consequences of crime are just such as you are realizing.The Works of Whittier, Volume III (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
For a moment I hesitated, realizing full well what an inquiry might reveal.City of Endless Night
Realizing there was no capital or prophet in his own country, he took passage to Spain.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
- (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 realizing
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.