- to represent something in an ideal form.
Also especially British, i·de·al·ise.
Origin of idealize
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Examples from the Web for idealize
Like many young girls, Flores used to idealize a thinner body.Penthouse Forum’s Kelly Shibari and the Rise of Plus-Size Porn Stars
May 3, 2014
You idealize her, and are proud of her; and she is worthy of it all.Princess Zara
But again, to idealize these possibilities would be foolish.The Civilization of Illiteracy
If you cannot realize your Ideal, you can at least idealize your Real.A Princess in Calico
Edith Ferguson Black
You must not expect fine things of me; you must not idealize me.
Can you look at me, he asked, putting his hand on hers—can you look at me and think that I could idealize you?
- 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 idealize
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