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 idealised
Historical Examples of idealised
Fifteen pounds for Miss Maskelyne's prize bull-dog (I idealised him).
It resembled the porter, but idealised the porter to the hero.
I shall; only idealised by death, dignified, weird, washed by the sad sea.
The moral "ought" is an idealised form of the primitive tribal "must."
He may have idealised them, but they remain as they were made.
British Dictionary definitions for idealised
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 idealised
1786, probably formed from ideal (adj.) + -ize. Related: Idealized; idealizing.
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