An example of to realize is to finally understand the meaning of a poem.
- to make real; bring into being; achieve
- to make appear real
- to understand fully; apprehend
- to convert (assets, rights, etc.) into money
- to gain; obtain: to realize a profit
- to be sold for, or bring as profit (a specified sum)
Origin of realizereal () + -ize, after French réaliser
verbre·al·ized, re·al·iz·ing, re·al·iz·es
- To comprehend completely or correctly.
- To bring into reality; make real: He finally realized his lifelong ambition to learn how to play the violin.
- To make realistic: a film that realizes court life of the 1600s.
- To obtain or achieve, as gain or profit: She realized a substantial return on the investment.
- To bring in (a sum) as profit by sale.
Origin of realizeFrench réaliser, from Old French, from real, real; see real 1.
(third-person singular simple present realizes, present participle realizing, simple past and past participle realized)
- To make real; to convert from the imaginary or fictitious into the actual; to bring into concrete existence; to accomplish.
- The objectives of the project were never fully realized.
- To become aware of a fact or situation.
- He realized that he had left his umbrella on the train.
- To cause to seem real; to impress upon the mind as actual; to feel vividly or strongly; to make one's own in apprehension or experience.
- (business) To acquire as an actual possession; to obtain as the result of plans and efforts; to gain; to get
- to realize large profits from a speculation
- (business, finance) To convert any kind of property into money, especially property representing investments, as shares, bonds, etc.
- Profits from the investment can be realized at any time by selling the shares. By realizing the company's assets, the liquidator was able to return most of the shareholders' investments.