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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 idealized
  • 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.
  • So much in the health care debate seems to be about allowing an idealized, non-existent perfection to defeat reform.
  • Breaking the law in the name of improving the law is rarely condoned, let alone idealized.
  • With the prospect of an unappealing, entry-level job on the horizon, life in college becomes increasingly idealized.
  • Examines the five writers' views of the perils of seeking the self in an idealized other.
  • So we've known that idealized solutions can describe systems for only so long.
  • Really, this idealized picture you have of science is a simply naive.
British Dictionary definitions for idealized


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 idealized



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

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