View synonyms for realization


[ ree-uh-luh-zey-shuhn ]


  1. the making or being made real of something imagined, planned, etc.
  2. the result of such a process:

    The new church was the realization of a ten-year dream.

  3. the act of realizing or the state of being realized.
  4. an instance or result of realizing.
  5. Music.
    1. the act of realizing a figured bass.
    2. a printed score of a realized figured bass.

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Other Words From

  • nonre·al·i·zation noun
  • prere·al·i·zation noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of realization1

First recorded in 1605–15; from French réalisation; equivalent to realize + -ation
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Example Sentences

It was a slow realization of, “Okay, this may be longer than a month.”

From Vox

The two incidents have “sustained outrage” among activists and served as a sobering realization for members of the public, said Katie Stauss, co-chair of the Silver Spring Justice Coalition.

There’s a realization that this may be a little longer than we all imagined.

From Time

The GameStop short squeeze has been described as a revolt against financial capitalism, or the realization of Occupy Wall Street.

From Quartz

It was more realization, I think, that ultimately my future is not necessarily in my control.

Sadly, the world will never see the realization of those skills.

And that realization comes at the cost of severe, public embarrassment for many, including the victim/proposed.

The form is defined by the realization of its highest and best potential.

“I was truly appalled by the realization of the deceit involved,” Bradlee wrote.

It was more the realization that he was maturing, even though he might not realize that.

Among them Mrs. Cecil, with a sudden realization of her eighty years of cushioned ease and her one hour of sitting on a board.

Deep within him he knew that he had become a stranger to his own wife and the realization sharply increased his torment.

If such a realization had only come a hundred years ago, a great service would have been done the historian and the antiquarian.

No consciousness of the great mission of his class, no proud realization of the part he himself had acted in the noble struggle.

My imprisonment, the vexations of jail life, the future—all is submerged in the flood of misery at the realization of my failure.





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