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[ree-uh-lahyz] /ˈri əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), realized, realizing.
to grasp or understand clearly.
to make real; give reality to (a hope, fear, plan, etc.).
to bring vividly to the mind.
to convert into cash or money:
to realize securities.
to obtain as a profit or income for oneself by trade, labor, or investment.
to bring as proceeds, as from a sale:
The goods realized $1000.
Music. to sight-read on a keyboard instrument or write out in notation the full harmony and ornamentation indicated by (a figured bass).
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.
to convert property or goods into cash or money.
Also, especially British, realise.
Origin of realize
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.
1. conceive, comprehend. 2. accomplish, effect. 3. See imagine.
1. misunderstand. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for realises
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  • The Absolute is the idea of an object that realises perfect logical consistency.

    The Problem of Truth H. Wildon Carr
  • He realises that the man who brings about world-peace will be the most famous man in history.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • "Sunday under Three Heads" was originally published at two shillings, and now realises as much as 10 in the auction-room.

    Dickens and His Illustrators Frederic G. Kitton
  • No one in England realises what we all owe to them; marvellous men they are.

  • Collection made for the widows of drowned golfers, which realises ninepence.

  • She conceives and realises with her flesh and with her blood.

    The Choice of Life Georgette Leblanc
  • Possessing the spirit of all things within, he realises that nothing he has can really be taken away.

    The Hive Will Levington Comfort
  • She realises that if she has been injured, her rival has suffered equal wrong.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Woller, as you know, is a man who realises to the full the responsibilities entailed by his present position.

    A Cabinet Secret Guy Boothby
British Dictionary definitions for realises


(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to become conscious or aware of (something)
(transitive, often passive) to bring (a plan, ambition, etc) to fruition; make actual or concrete
(transitive) to give (something, such as a drama or film) the appearance of reality
(transitive) (of goods, property, etc) to sell for or make (a certain sum): this table realized £800
(transitive) to convert (property or goods) into cash
(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
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for realises



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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