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idealize

[ahy-dee-uh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), i·de·al·ized, i·de·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make ideal; represent in an ideal form or character; exalt to an ideal perfection or excellence.
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verb (used without object), i·de·al·ized, i·de·al·iz·ing.
  1. 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
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
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Examples from the Web for idealise

Historical Examples

  • Surely you idealise him, Mark, and see in him the reflection of your own good self.

    A Bottle in the Smoke

    Milne Rae

  • My audiences reacted on me until I am afraid I came to idealise unpardonably.

    Sonia Married

    Stephen McKenna

  • They are not to blame because the bards have, with one accord, combined to idealise them.

    Birds of the Plains

    Douglas Dewar

  • You must not think too much of me, idealise me or anything of that kind——'

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    Mary Elizabeth Carter

  • I will idealise you until you besmirch yourself—but you are no child, to do that unknowingly.

    The Barrier

    Allen French


British Dictionary definitions for idealise

idealize

idealise

verb
  1. to consider or represent (something) as ideal
  2. (tr) to portray as ideal; glorify
  3. (intr) to form an ideal or ideals
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Derived Formsidealizer or idealiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for idealise

idealize

v.

1786, probably formed from ideal (adj.) + -ize. Related: Idealized; idealizing.

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