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
This summer and fall, as I heard Guatemalan adolescents describe their immigration stories and their sense of duty to support their families back home, I realized they were around the same age as my father was when he first left home.
Eventually, other shoe companies realized that World Athletics wasn’t going to rebottle the genie.
In 2001 he’d been working at a warehouse for 10 years when he realized he needed to move on.What businesses slammed by the pandemic can learn from America’s champion car salesman | Geoffrey Colvin | November 17, 2020 | Fortune
I think, frankly, even Adam Smith, if you read his work closely, you realize that he didn’t even intend the way it’s currently understood and used.Capitalism must be saved by capitalists, argue these pioneering ESG investors | kdunn6 | November 15, 2020 | Fortune
On top of that, businesses are realizing they can have effective employees without the overhead of office space, potentially saving them millions of dollars.What you should consider before working remotely from a vacation destination | Rachel King | November 14, 2020 | Fortune
In some ways I never got out of that unless realizing… well, that kind of seals it off.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
There was the obvious sight gags of Valerie not realizing who everyone was clapping for, when the party was clapping for her.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards | Kevin Fallon | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He stops after a second, looks around him and laughs, apparently realizing the absurdity of the endeavor.The Walking Dead’s Midseason Finale Shocker: A Cherished Character Meets a Grisly End | Melissa Leon | December 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But one of the most enlightening experiences was realizing how close all of this hits to home.A Rallying Cry Against the Oversexualization of Our Youth | Darryl Roberts | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If you tend to inhale your food without realizing how much you consumed, opt for nibbles like in-shell pistachio nuts.12 Thanksgiving Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work | DailyBurn | November 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
"There is no more war," Brion translated for Ulv, realizing that the Disan had understood nothing of the explanation.Sense of Obligation | Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
She would never forget it; but realizing its gravity, she decided thereupon never to tell it—the dream—to anybody.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
You would have shrugged your shoulders and made the best of it, realizing that no other man had put this wrong upon you.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
His men sprang into the guard-room of the keep, realizing from his almost hysterical manner the urgent need for haste.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Pained at his manner, yet not fully realizing its significance, I slowly fall back.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
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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