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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for idealised

Historical Examples of idealised

  • Fifteen pounds for Miss Maskelyne's prize bull-dog (I idealised him).

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • It resembled the porter, but idealised the porter to the hero.


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • I shall; only idealised by death, dignified, weird, washed by the sad sea.

    Tongues of Conscience

    Robert Smythe Hichens

  • The moral "ought" is an idealised form of the primitive tribal "must."

    Theism or Atheism

    Chapman Cohen

  • He may have idealised them, but they remain as they were made.

    Bernardino Luini

    James Mason

British Dictionary definitions for idealised




to consider or represent (something) as ideal
(tr) to portray as ideal; glorify
(intr) to form an ideal or ideals
Derived Formsidealizer or idealiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for idealised



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper