verb (used with object), re·al·ized, re·al·iz·ing.

verb (used without object), re·al·ized, re·al·iz·ing.

to convert property or goods into cash or money.

Also especially British, re·al·ise.

Origin of realize

1605–15; < French réaliser, Middle French, equivalent to real real1 + -iser -ize
Related formsre·al·iz·a·ble, adjectivere·al·iz·a·bil·i·ty, re·al·iz·a·ble·ness, nounre·al·iz·a·bly, adverbre·al·iz·er, nounhy·per·re·al·ize, verb (used with object), hy·per·re·al·ized, hy·per·re·al·iz·ing.non·re·al·iz·a·ble, adjectivenon·re·al·iz·ing, adjectivepre·re·al·ize, verb (used with object), pre·re·al·ized, pre·re·al·iz·ing.un·der·re·al·ize, verb (used with object), un·der·re·al·ized, un·der·re·al·iz·ing.un·re·al·ize, verb (used with object), un·re·al·ized, un·re·al·iz·ing.

Synonyms for realize

Antonyms for realize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for realising

Contemporary Examples of realising

  • Realising the end was near, he asked to be flown back to England.

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    Goodbye to My Hero

    William Dalrymple

    June 20, 2011

Historical Examples of realising

  • It is only by realising what I am that I have found comfort of any kind.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • He was silent a moment, realising with a wonder beyond words how different it was.

  • My great desire was to have a house that should be entirely my own, and I was then realising it.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • But realising the futility of such a course, I held my peace and waited agonisedly.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • What He bore for us, shall we shrink from so much as realising?


    Beatrice Fortescue

British Dictionary definitions for realising




(when tr, may take a clause as object) to become conscious or aware of (something)
(tr, often passive) to bring (a plan, ambition, etc) to fruition; make actual or concrete
(tr) to give (something, such as a drama or film) the appearance of reality
(tr) (of goods, property, etc) to sell for or make (a certain sum)this table realized £800
(tr) to convert (property or goods) into cash
(tr) (of a musicologist or performer)
  1. to expand or complete (a thorough-bass part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass
  2. to reconstruct (a composition) from an incomplete set of parts
to sound or utter (a phoneme or other speech sound) in actual speech; articulate
Derived Formsrealizable or realisable, adjectiverealizably or realisably, adverbrealization or realisation, nounrealizer or realiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for realising



1610s, "bring into existence," from French réaliser "make real" (16c.), from Middle French real "actual" (see real (adj.)). Sense of "understand clearly, make real in the mind" is first recorded 1775. Sense of "obtain, amass" is from 1753. Related: Realized; realizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper