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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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
  • 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
  • Ceremonial deeds are used to actualize free contacts with Reality.

  • Education is the influencing of man by man, and it has for its end to lead him to actualize himself through his own efforts.

    Pedagogics as a System Karl Rosenkranz
British Dictionary definitions for actualize


verb (transitive)
to make actual or real
to represent realistically
Derived Forms
actualization, actualisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for actualize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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