[ vur-choo-uh-lahyz ]
/ ˈvɜr tʃu əˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), vir·tu·al·ized, vir·tu·al·iz·ing. Digital Technology.

to create a virtual version of (a computer, operating system, data storage device, etc.), which is not itself an independent device but both works and appears to the user as a single, physical entity: A virtualized computer server can boost processing power and reduce costs.
to store, access, or carry out online or by means of a computer; computerize or digitize: Virtualizing tax forms has made the IRS a more efficient organization.

Origin of virtualize

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vir·tu·al·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for virtualize



/ (ˈvɜːtʃʊəˌlaɪz) /


(tr) to transform (something) into an artificial computer-generated version of itself which functions as if it were real
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