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.
Also especially British, i·de·al·ise.

Origin of idealize

First recorded in 1780–90; ideal + -ize

Related forms

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 idealize

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

idealizer or idealiser, noun
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