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idealize

[ahy-dee-uh-lahyz] /aɪˈdi əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), idealized, idealizing.
1.
to make ideal; represent in an ideal form or character; exalt to an ideal perfection or excellence.
verb (used without object), idealized, idealizing.
2.
to represent something in an ideal form.
Also, especially British, idealise.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; ideal + -ize
Related forms
idealizer, noun
overidealize, verb, overidealized, overidealizing.
unidealized, adjective
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  • When you grow up, and realize that the idealize market place that you have in your head doesn't exist, then we'll talk.
  • They idealize a time not only as an era of their own life but for the portion of the lives of the people among them.
  • Physicists often simplify or idealize phenomena to make them more amenable to an initial mathematical treatment.
  • We can try to be aware of our need to idealize as well as our need to be idealized.
  • There is no reason to idealize them as anything more than brilliant, dedicated, flawed human doctors.
  • Nor does it seem to want to idealize its subjects, who are aware of the film crew and eager to show off their skills.
  • They tend to idealize their parents and many are compulsive about their work.
  • The students were less likely to idealize the slenderness embodied by fashion models and actresses.
British Dictionary definitions for idealize

idealize

/aɪˈdɪəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to consider or represent (something) as ideal
2.
(transitive) to portray as ideal; glorify
3.
(intransitive) to form an ideal or ideals
Derived Forms
idealizer, idealiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for idealize
v.

1786, probably formed from ideal (adj.) + -ize. Related: Idealized; idealizing.

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