[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. idealism,
  2. idealist,
  3. idealistic,
  4. ideality,
  5. idealization,
  6. idealized image,
  7. ideally,
  8. ideamonger,
  9. ideas of reference,
  10. ideate

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

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British Dictionary definitions for idealize



/ (aɪˈdɪəˌlaɪz) /


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 idealize



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

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