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actualize

or (especially British) actualise

[ak-choo-uh-lahyz] /ˈæk tʃu əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), actualized, actualizing.
1.
to make actual or real; turn into action or fact.
Origin of actualize
1800-1810
1800-10; actual + -ize
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  • Not to actualize the idea of the Church, only to strive after its actualization, is the task of a religious communion.

  • He could thus prove line-rotation without even being able to actualize in his experience such a rotation.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • They sought to actualize what their predecessors tried to symbolise.

    The Book of Tea Kakuzo Okakura
  • There is no special corporeal potentiality (to speak in Aristotelian language) which it is destined to actualize.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • But ideas have occult power, and ideas, when rightly planted and rightly tended, are the seeds that actualize material conditions.

    Thoughts I Met on the Highway Ralph Waldo Trine
  • But none of us were prepared to actualize practically the ideal life of which we dreamed.

    Concord Days A. Bronson Alcott
  • Ceremonial deeds are used to actualize free contacts with Reality.

  • She has only to open her mouth and the innate aptitudes of air rush in to actualize her creative wish.

    Among the Forces Henry White Warren
British Dictionary definitions for actualize

actualize

/ˈæktʃʊəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make actual or real
2.
to represent realistically
Derived Forms
actualization, actualisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for actualize
v.

1810, first attested in Coleridge, from actual + -ize. Related: Actualized; actualizing.

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