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[ahy-dee-uh-lahyz] /aɪˈdi əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), idealized, idealizing.
to make ideal; represent in an ideal form or character; exalt to an ideal perfection or excellence.
verb (used without object), idealized, idealizing.
to represent something in an ideal form.
Also, especially British, idealise.
Origin of idealize
1780-90; ideal + -ize
Related forms
idealizer, noun
overidealize, verb, overidealized, overidealizing.
unidealized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for idealize
  • 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


to consider or represent (something) as ideal
(transitive) to portray as ideal; glorify
(intransitive) to form an ideal or ideals
Derived Forms
idealizer, idealiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for idealize

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

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