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[ak-choo-uh-lahyz] /ˈæk tʃu əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), actualized, actualizing.
to make actual or real; turn into action or fact.
Also, especially British, actualise.
Origin of actualize
1800-10; actual + -ize Unabridged
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  • Emotional maturity was defined as the strength and courage to actualize individual abilities within the frame of social demands.
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British Dictionary definitions for actualize


verb (transitive)
to make actual or real
to represent realistically
Derived Forms
actualization, actualisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for actualize

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

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