idealize

[ahy-dee-uh-lahyz]
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:
1780–90; ideal + -ize

idealizer, noun
overidealize, verb, overidealized, overidealizing.
unidealized, adjective
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idealize or idealise (aɪˈdɪəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to consider or represent (something) as ideal
2.  (tr) to portray as ideal; glorify
3.  (intr) to form an ideal or ideals
 
idealise or idealise
 
vb
 
i'dealizer or idealise
 
n
 
i'dealiser or idealise
 
n

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Example sentences
But it's the idealized image of the samurai as brave and noble warriors that
  has survived.
Today these dramas provide the public with an undimmed view into the soul of
  the idealized samurai.
He famously idealized rural farmers and disliked cities.
While this sounds promising, the reality of the situation is that this outcome
  is an idealized version of the truth.
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