realize Definition

  • 1become fully aware of (something) as a fact; understand clearly
  • 2cause (something desired or anticipated) to happen

Using realize: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "realize" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I didn't realize you were so tall.

  • Example

    She realized her mistake too late.

  • Example

    He realized his dream of becoming a doctor.

  • Example

    We need to realize the importance of this issue.

realize Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using realize

  • to gradually understand or become aware of something


    After years of working in the industry, she came to realize that success was not just about making money.

  • to recognize and acknowledge that one has been wrong and change one's behavior accordingly


    After losing his job due to his poor performance, he finally realized the error of his ways and started working harder.

  • difficult to believe or accept


    It's hard to realize that he's gone and we'll never see him again.

Phrases with realize

  • to achieve all that one is capable of


    With hard work and dedication, she was able to realize her potential as an artist.

  • to make a profit from a business venture


    The company was finally able to realize a profit after years of struggling.

  • to achieve a desired outcome or objective


    With determination and perseverance, he was able to realize his goal of running a marathon.

Origins of realize

from French 'réaliser', from medieval Latin 'realisare', from Latin 'realis', meaning 'real'


Summary: realize in Brief

The verb 'realize' [ˈriːəlaɪz] means to become fully aware of something as a fact or to cause something desired to happen. It can be used in various contexts, such as understanding a mistake, achieving a goal, or recognizing one's potential. Phrases like 'realize a profit' and idioms like 'come to realize' extend its usage. Synonyms include 'understand,' 'comprehend,' 'grasp,' and 'perceive.'

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