[ ahy-dee-uh-lahyz ]
See synonyms for: idealizeidealized on

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.

verb (used without object),i·de·al·ized, i·de·al·iz·ing.
  1. to represent something in an ideal form.

Origin of idealize

First recorded in 1780–90; ideal + -ize
  • Also especially British, i·de·al·ise .

Other words from idealize

  • i·de·al·iz·er, noun
  • o·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

Words Nearby idealize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use idealize in a sentence

  • Once settled on the new land, however, immigrants inevitably remember and idealize the home they have left.

  • When Dora is married he will idealize her, and assure himself that her marriage is the tragedy of both their lives.

    The Man Between | Amelia E. Barr
  • Love is their chief motive,they either idealize or degrade it,and of the love we women long for most, they have no conception.

    The Sorrows of Satan | Marie Corelli
  • The bubble of her imagining of Lawson was pricked for the moment by it; it is hard to idealize what another despises.

    The Wayfarers | Mary Stewart Cutting

British Dictionary definitions for idealize



/ (aɪˈdɪəˌlaɪz) /

  1. to consider or represent (something) as ideal

  2. (tr) to portray as ideal; glorify

  1. (intr) to form an ideal or ideals

Derived forms of idealize

  • idealizer or idealiser, noun

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