verb (used with object), i·de·al·ized, i·de·al·iz·ing.
to make ideal; represent in an ideal form or character; exalt to an ideal perfection or excellence.
verb (used without object), i·de·al·ized, i·de·al·iz·ing.
to represent something in an ideal form.
Also especially British, i·de·al·ise.
Origin of idealize
Related formsi·de·al·iz·er, nouno·ver·i·de·al·ize, verb, o·ver·i·de·al·ized, o·ver·i·de·al·iz·ing.un·i·de·al·ized, adjective
First recorded in 1780–90; ideal
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Examples from the Web for idealise
Historical Examples of idealise
Surely you idealise him, Mark, and see in him the reflection of your own good self.
My audiences reacted on me until I am afraid I came to idealise unpardonably.
They are not to blame because the bards have, with one accord, combined to idealise them.
You must not think too much of me, idealise me or anything of that kind——'
I will idealise you until you besmirch yourself—but you are no child, to do that unknowingly.
British Dictionary definitions for idealise
Derived Formsidealizer or idealiser, noun
to consider or represent (something) as ideal
(tr) to portray as ideal; glorify
(intr) to form an ideal or ideals
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Word Origin and History for idealise
1786, probably formed from ideal (adj.) + -ize. Related: Idealized; idealizing.
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