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idealize

[ahy-dee-uh-lahyz]
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.
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verb (used without object), i·de·al·ized, i·de·al·iz·ing.
  1. to represent something in an ideal form.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for over-idealize

idealize

idealise

verb
  1. to consider or represent (something) as ideal
  2. (tr) to portray as ideal; glorify
  3. (intr) to form an ideal or ideals
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Derived Formsidealizer or idealiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for over-idealize

idealize

v.

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

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