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
Once we started hearing all the stories, we realized it was probably a series and not one film.“People want to believe”: How Love Fraud builds an absorbing docuseries around a romantic con man | Alissa Wilkinson | September 4, 2020 | Vox
Now in 2020, we’re realizing those same elements are just as valuable when it comes to helping people feel comfortable flying.Spirit Airlines starts testing biometric check-ins | Frederic Lardinois | September 3, 2020 | TechCrunch
He realized he could use his skills to help the Gotham Coyote Project.
Fibroblasts, tumor cells, glial cells … The team realized every time they depleted the cell of PTB, the cell would convert into a neuron.The Neurons That Appeared from Nowhere - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Nayanah Siva | September 2, 2020 | Nautilus
It took me a long time for me to realize that and to feel comfortable just being me.
Our duty is to make sure that they realize that the Prophet is not avenged.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive | Ayaan Hirsi Ali | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
And in order for them to realize their vision, they are willing to use any means.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive | Ayaan Hirsi Ali | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
It just took the “other” Senhor José a few decades to realize that.
Finding the common bonds that help us realize that we have far more in common than that which separates us.
Finally, Van Cleef and Martin realize Liberty is going too far.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Few people, I think, realize that, and fewer still realize the reasonable consequences of that.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Sondershausen is a dreamy, sleepy place, with so little life about it that you hardly realize there are any people there at all.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Of course, you probably realize the difficulty of laying hands on men who know they are wanted, and act accordingly.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
How little did she realize the long drawn-out agony that was even then beginning for her sisters in that ill-fated entrenchment!The Red Year | Louis Tracy
She did not realize that a passion for a business enterprise, as for a woman, is capable of destroying the balance of any man.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
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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