[ree-uh-luh-zey-shuh n]


the making or being made real of something imagined, planned, etc.
the result of such a process: The new church was the realization of a ten-year dream.
the act of realizing or the state of being realized.
an instance or result of realizing.
  1. the act of realizing a figured bass.
  2. a printed score of a realized figured bass.

Origin of realization

1605–15; < French réalisation, Middle French, equivalent to realis(er) to realize + -ation -ation
Related formsnon·re·al·i·za·tion, nounpre·re·al·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of realization

Historical Examples of realization

  • There is no short road to the realization of these aspirations.

  • Her realization of what this meant was shown in her final speech.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Burke winced, but he made shift to conceal his realization of the truth she had stated to him.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Realization came, as he beheld the woman laughing at him through the window.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Back of its position of honor he saw the girl's realization of her own situation.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

Word Origin and History for realization

1610s, "action of making real," from realize + -ation. Meaning "action of forming a clear concept" is from 1828. Related: Realizational.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper