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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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produce, accomplish, realize, engineer

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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 actualize


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

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