- 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.
Origin of realize
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Examples from the Web for realize
Our duty is to make sure that they realize that the Prophet is not avenged.
And in order for them to realize their vision, they are willing to use any means.
It just took the “other” Senhor José a few decades to realize that.The Lost Novel of Nobel-Winner José Saramago
January 5, 2015
Finding the common bonds that help us realize that we have far more in common than that which separates us.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
Finally, Van Cleef and Martin realize Liberty is going too far.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
At the moment of parting he began to realize that he had undertaken a difficult task.
She might die, and if he ever returned it would be to realize the loss he had sustained.
Let us realize the importance of the attitude in which we stand before the world.
Evelyn sat silent, trying to realize just what had happened to her.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
I realize it more and more every day, but I will stick it out till I break down.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
- (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
Word Origin and History for realize
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.