to grasp or understand clearly.
to make real; give reality to (a hope, fear, plan, etc.).
to bring vividly to the mind.
to convert into cash or money: to realize securities.
to obtain as a profit or income for oneself by trade, labor, or investment.
to bring as proceeds, as from a sale: The goods realized $1000.
Music. to sight-read on a keyboard instrument or write out in notation the full harmony and ornamentation indicated by (a figured bass).
Linguistics. to serve as an instance, representation, or embodiment of (an abstract linguistic element or category): In “Jack tripped,” the subject is realized by “Jack,” the predicate by “tripped,” and the past tense by “-ed.”
to convert property or goods into cash or money.
- Also especially British, re·al·ise .
- re·al·iz·a·ble, adjective
- re·al·iz·a·bil·i·ty [ree-uh-lahyz-uh-bil-i-tee], /ri əˌlaɪz əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, re·al·iz·a·ble·ness, noun
- re·al·iz·a·bly, adverb
- re·al·iz·er, noun
- hy·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, adjective
- non·re·al·iz·ing, adjective
- pre·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.
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How to use realize in a sentence
Realising the end was near, he asked to be flown back to England.
Bruce, keenly realising the importance of the issue, bore himself with splendid valour.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
Such as this translation is I offer it with diffidence, realising that I have undertaken a difficult task.Honey-Bee | Anatole France
In the early days of the Conservatoire, however, there was no immediate hope of realising this wish.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
But, probably realising the futility of such a course, he changed his mind, and delivered an ultimatum from the top step.The Gold Bat | P. G. Wodehouse
Still, wool promises to be a good price and the speculators stand a good chance of realising on their venture.The Red Cow and Her Friends | Peter McArthur
British Dictionary definitions for realize
(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)
to expand or complete (a thorough-bass part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass
to reconstruct (a composition) from an incomplete set of parts
to sound or utter (a phoneme or other speech sound) in actual speech; articulate
- realizable or realisable, adjective
- realizably or realisably, adverb
- realization or realisation, noun
- realizer or realiser, noun
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