Realize meaning

rē'ə-līz'
Realize is defined as to achieve or fully understand.

An example of to realize is to finally understand the meaning of a poem.

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To obtain or achieve, as gain or profit.

She realized a substantial return on the investment.

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To comprehend completely or correctly.
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To bring into reality; make real.

He finally realized his lifelong ambition to learn how to play the violin.

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To make realistic.

A film that realizes court life of the 1600s.

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To bring in (a sum) as profit by sale.
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To exchange holdings or goods for money.
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To make real; bring into being; achieve.
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To make appear real.
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To understand fully; apprehend.
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To convert (assets, rights, etc.) into money.
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To gain; obtain.

To realize a profit.

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To be sold for, or bring as profit (a specified sum)
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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.

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To become aware of a fact or situation.

He realized that he had left his umbrella on the train.

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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.
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(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.

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(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.

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Origin of realize

  • French réaliser from Old French from real real real1
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Attested since 1610, from French réaliser, from Middle French real (“actual"), from Old French reel, from Latin realis, from res (“thing, event, deed, fact"); as if real +"Ž -ize.
    From Wiktionary