[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.
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.
Example Sentences for realized
After he left, the cashiers realized they may have returned too much money.
With the new method, the effect would not have to be realized only when the opponent yields.
With the example of the student cramming, there is one other important benefit realized.
She realized that with relative ease and little cost, it would make a fantastic planter.
Would not have realized this had not learned a foreign language.
He had been studying electricity and magnetism and realized that they propagated through space at-coincidence-the speed of light.
Bacteria swap genes with their neighbors more frequently than researchers have realized.
These proto-spiders didn't have spinnerets, which modern spiders use to spin silk and weave a web, the researchers realized.
They realized they didn't really want to be doing this.
But they understood that the tendency is never realized in life because the data keep changing.
British Dictionary definitions for realized
realize or realise (ˈrɪəˌlaɪz)
1.  (when tr, may take a clause as object) to become conscious or aware of (something)
2.  (tr, often passive) to bring (a plan, ambition, etc) to fruition; make actual or concrete
3.  (tr) to give (something, such as a drama or film) the appearance of reality
4.  (tr) (of goods, property, etc) to sell for or make (a certain sum): this table realized £800
5.  (tr) to convert (property or goods) into cash
6.  (tr) of a musicologist or performer
 a.  to expand or complete (a thorough-bass part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass
 b.  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
realise or realise
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Word Origin and History for realized
1611, "bring into existence," from Fr. réaliser "make real," from M.Fr. real "actual," from O.Fr. (see real (adj.)). Sense of "understand clearly" is first recorded 1775.
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