idealize

[ ahy-dee-uh-lahyz ]
/ aɪˈdi əˌlaɪz /

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.

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Also especially British, i·de·al·ise.

Origin of idealize

First recorded in 1780–90; ideal + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM idealize

i·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
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British Dictionary definitions for idealise

idealize

idealise

/ (aɪˈdɪəˌlaɪz) /

verb

to consider or represent (something) as ideal
(tr) to portray as ideal; glorify
(intr) to form an ideal or ideals

Derived forms of idealize

idealizer or idealiser, noun
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