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realize

or (especially British) realise

[ree-uh-lahyz] /ˈri əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), realized, realizing.
1.
to grasp or understand clearly.
2.
to make real; give reality to (a hope, fear, plan, etc.).
3.
to bring vividly to the mind.
4.
to convert into cash or money:
to realize securities.
5.
to obtain as a profit or income for oneself by trade, labor, or investment.
6.
to bring as proceeds, as from a sale:
The goods realized $1000.
7.
Music. to sight-read on a keyboard instrument or write out in notation the full harmony and ornamentation indicated by (a figured bass).
8.
Linguistics. to serve as an instance, representation, or embodiment of (an abstract linguistic element or category): In “Jack tripped,” the subject is realized by “Jack,” the predicate by “tripped,” and the past tense by “-ed.”.
verb (used without object), realized, realizing.
9.
to convert property or goods into cash or money.
Origin of realize
1605-1615
1605-15; < French réaliser, Middle French, equivalent to real real1 + -iser -ize
Related forms
realizable, adjective
realizability, realizableness, noun
realizably, adverb
realizer, noun
hyperrealize, verb (used with object), hyperrealized, hyperrealizing.
nonrealizable, adjective
nonrealizing, adjective
prerealize, verb (used with object), prerealized, prerealizing.
underrealize, verb (used with object), underrealized, underrealizing.
unrealize, verb (used with object), unrealized, unrealizing.
Synonyms
1. conceive, comprehend. 2. accomplish, effect. 3. See imagine.
Antonyms
1. misunderstand.
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  • It will help you to realise more fully what your flag stands for.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • It helps one, or should help one, to realise both, and not to be too conceited about either.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • The Committee will realise that this is a question with an elusive climax.

    Liberalism and the Social Problem Winston Spencer Churchill
  • It was heart-breaking to her to realise her powerlessness, when he could so easily empty his purse.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Now that my long day's play-acting was over, and nothing mattered any more, I began to realise how great the strain had been.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • It is not difficult to realise what a strong position this was.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • Anyhow, it was Brown who made me realise what tremendously interesting things frontiers are.

    The Lightning Conductor C. N. Williamson
  • Let us sit down on the parapet and try to realise the scene.

British Dictionary definitions for realise

realize

/ˈrɪəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to become conscious or aware of (something)
2.
(transitive, often passive) to bring (a plan, ambition, etc) to fruition; make actual or concrete
3.
(transitive) to give (something, such as a drama or film) the appearance of reality
4.
(transitive) (of goods, property, etc) to sell for or make (a certain sum): this table realized £800
5.
(transitive) to convert (property or goods) into cash
6.
(transitive) (of a musicologist or performer)
  1. to expand or complete (a thorough-bass part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass
  2. to reconstruct (a composition) from an incomplete set of parts
7.
to sound or utter (a phoneme or other speech sound) in actual speech; articulate
Derived Forms
realizable, realisable, adjective
realizably, realisably, adverb
realization, realisation, noun
realizer, realiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for realise
v.

chiefly British English spelling of realize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Realisation; realised; realising.

realize

v.

1610s, "bring into existence," from French réaliser "make real" (16c.), from Middle French real "actual" (see real (adj.)). Sense of "understand clearly, make real in the mind" is first recorded 1775. Sense of "obtain, amass" is from 1753. Related: Realized; realizing.

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