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verb (used with object), ac·tu·al·ized, ac·tu·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make actual or real; turn into action or fact.
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Also especially British, ac·tu·al·ise.

Origin of actualize

First recorded in 1800–10; actual + -ize
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Examples from the Web for actualise

Historical Examples

  • He did actualise knowing where some things could be hanging.

    Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein

    Gertrude Stein

  • There is something unwholesome in acknowledging any ideal which we do not strive so far as we can to actualise.

  • His potentialities began to actualise with his comprehension of El Greco and the Venetians.

  • By it more nobly than by any other action man is enabled to actualise his superior nature.

    The Reform of Education

    Giovanni Gentile

  • It is a value, but not in the sense that man first appreciates it and subsequently looks for it and strives to actualise it.

    The Reform of Education

    Giovanni Gentile

British Dictionary definitions for actualise



verb (tr)
  1. to make actual or real
  2. to represent realistically
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Derived Formsactualization or actualisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for actualise



1810, first attested in Coleridge, from actual + -ize. Related: Actualized; actualizing.

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