- 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 realized
Kickstarter is one start-up platform that seems to have realized the danger.Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
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Once I began reading, I realized A Gronking to Remember was a masturbatory tribute to the New England Patriots.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
Mr. Bachner stayed because he realized the city is filled with artisans and the possibilities fascinated him.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
After four or five months of casual interaction, they realized they both had lost a young parent to cancer.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
The Lion Air captain had left his rookie copilot to make the landing until he realized he was in trouble.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
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The call of one blood to another, and he realized the truth of what Allister said.Way of the Lawless
Yet, despite his chagrin, he realized that he could not send her from him forthwith.
He realized that his son loved the woman—nor could he wonder much at that.
She realized that fate had decreed defeat for her in the game.
Never before had he realized how narrow the girl's world had been.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- (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 realized
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.