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v. re·al·ized, re·al·iz·ing, re·al·iz·es

1. To comprehend completely or correctly.

2. To bring into reality; make real: He finally realized his lifelong ambition to learn how to play the violin.

3. To make realistic: a film that realizes court life of the 1600s.

4. To obtain or achieve, as gain or profit: She realized a substantial return on the investment.

5. To bring in (a sum) as profit by sale.


To exchange holdings or goods for money.

[French réaliser, from Old French, from real, real; see real1.]

re′al·iz′a·ble adj.

re′al·iz′er n.

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(ˈrɪəˌlaɪz) or



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. (Commerce) (tr) (of goods, property, etc) to sell for or make (a certain sum): this table realized £800.

5. (Banking & Finance) (tr) to convert (property or goods) into cash

6. (Classical Music) (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. (Phonetics & Phonology) to sound or utter (a phoneme or other speech sound) in actual speech; articulate

ˈrealˌizable, ˈrealˌisable adj

ˈrealˌizably, ˈrealˌisably adv

ˌrealiˈzation, ˌrealiˈsation n

ˈrealˌizer, ˈrealˌiser n

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(ˈri əˌlaɪz)

v. -ized, -iz•ing. v.t.

1. to grasp or understand clearly.

2. to make real; give reality to (a hope, fear, plan, etc.).

3. to bring vividly to the mind.

4. to convert into cash or money: to realize securities.

5. to obtain for oneself by trade, labor, or investment, as a profit or income.

6. to bring as proceeds, as from a sale.

7. to write out or sight-read on a keyboard instrument the full musical harmonization of (a figured bass).

8. Ling. to serve as an actual instance in speech or writing of (an abstract linguistic element or category).


9. to convert property or goods into cash or money.

[1605–15; < French réaliser, Middle French, =real real1 + -iser -ize]

re′al•iz`a•ble, adj.

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1. recognize

If you recognize someone or something, you know who or what they are because you have seen them before, or because they have been described to you.

She didnt recognize me at first.

Doctors are trained to recognize the symptoms of depression.

If you recognize something such as a problem, you accept that it exists.

Governments are beginning to recognize the problem.

We recognize this as a genuine need.

2. realize

If you become aware of a fact, dont say that you recognize it. Say that you realize it.

I realized Martha was right.

She realized that she was going to be late.



1. understand

If you can understand someone or can understand what they are saying, you know what they mean.

His lecture was confusing; no one could understand the terminology.

Her accent was hard to understand.

If you say that you understand that something is true, you mean that you have been told that it is true.

I understand hes been married before.

There was no definite evidence, I understand.

2. realize

Dont use understand to say that someone becomes aware of something. Dont say, for example, Until he stopped working he hadnt understood how late it was. You say Until he stopped working he hadnt realized how late it was.

As soon as I saw him, I realized that Id seen him before.

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Past participle: realized
Gerund: realizing
I realize
you realize
he/she/it realizes
we realize
you realize
they realize
I realized
you realized
he/she/it realized
we realized
you realized
they realized
Present Continuous
I am realizing
you are realizing
he/she/it is realizing
we are realizing
you are realizing
they are realizing
Present Perfect
I have realized
you have realized
he/she/it has realized
we have realized
you have realized
they have realized
Past Continuous
I was realizing
you were realizing
he/she/it was realizing
we were realizing
you were realizing
they were realizing
Past Perfect
I had realized
you had realized
he/she/it had realized
we had realized
you had realized
they had realized
I will realize
you will realize
he/she/it will realize
we will realize
you will realize
they will realize
Future Perfect
I will have realized
you will have realized
he/she/it will have realized
we will have realized
you will have realized
they will have realized
Future Continuous
I will be realizing
you will be realizing
he/she/it will be realizing
we will be realizing
you will be realizing
they will be realizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been realizing
you have been realizing
he/she/it has been realizing
we have been realizing
you have been realizing
they have been realizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been realizing
you will have been realizing
he/she/it will have been realizing
we will have been realizing
you will have been realizing
they will have been realizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been realizing
you had been realizing
he/she/it had been realizing
we had been realizing
you had been realizing
they had been realizing
I would realize
you would realize
he/she/it would realize
we would realize
you would realize
they would realize
Past Conditional
I would have realized
you would have realized
he/she/it would have realized
we would have realized
you would have realized
they would have realized

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:

Verb1.realizerealize - be fully aware or cognizant of  

cognise, cognize, know - be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about; I know that the President lied to the people; I want to know who is winning the game!; I know its time

know - know the nature or character of; we all knew her as a big show-off

2.realizerealize - perceive (an idea or situation) mentally; Now I see!; I just cant see your point; Does she realize how important this decision is?; I dont understand the idea

perceive - become conscious of; She finally perceived the futility of her protest

take account, appreciate - be fully aware of; realize fully; Do you appreciate the full meaning of this letter?

envision, fancy, picture, visualize, image, visualise, figure, see, project - imagine; conceive of; see in ones mind; I cant see him on horseback!; I can see what will happen; I can see a risk in this strategy

see - see and understand, have a good eye; The artist must first learn to see

3.realizerealize - make real or concrete; give reality or substance to; our ideas must be substantiated into actions

create, make - make or cause to be or to become; make a mess in ones office; create a furor

incarnate - make concrete and real

express - manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait); Many of the laboratory animals express the trait

4.realizerealize - earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages; How much do you make a month in your new job?; She earns a lot in her new job; this merger brought in lots of money; He clears $5,000 each month

make - act in a certain way so as to acquire; make friends; make enemies

acquire, get - come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; She got a lot of paintings from her uncle; They acquired a new pet; Get your results the next day; Get permission to take a few days off from work

squeeze out, eke out - make by laborious and precarious means; He eked out a living as a painter

turn a profit, profit - make a profit; gain money or materially; The company has not profited from the merger

rake off - take money from an illegal transaction

take home, bring home - earn as a salary or wage; How much does your wife take home after taxes and other deductions?

rake in, shovel in - earn large sums of money; Since she accepted the new position, she has been raking it in

net, sack up, sack, clear - make as a net profit; The company cleared $1 million

gross - earn before taxes, expenses, etc.

pay, bear, yield - bring in; interest-bearing accounts; How much does this savings certificate pay annually?

5.realize - convert into cash; of goods and property

commerce, commercialism, mercantilism - transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)

sell - exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent; He sold his house in January; She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit

6.realize - expand or complete (a part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass

music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

harmonise, harmonize - write a harmony for

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1. become aware of, understand, recognize, appreciate, take in, grasp, conceive, catch on (informal), comprehend, twig (Brit. informal), get the message, apprehend, become conscious of, be cognizant of As soon as we realized what was going on, we moved the children away.

3. achieve, do, effect, complete, perform, fulfil, accomplish, bring about, consummate, incarnate, bring off, make concrete, bring to fruition, actualize, make happen, effectuate, reify, carry out or through The kaleidoscopic quality of the book is brilliantly realized on stage.

4. sell for, go for, bring or take in, make, get, clear, produce, gain, net, earn, obtain, acquire A selection of correspondence from P.G. Wodehouse realized £1,232.

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1. To make real or actual:

3. To make as income or profit:

4. To achieve (a certain price):

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indserealiseretjeneblive til virkelighed




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aptvertgūt peļņuieņemt nauduīstenotizprast


uresničitizavedati se



nhận ra

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[ˈrɪəlaɪz] realise (British) vt

[+ asset] → réaliserreal-life [ˌriːlˈlaɪf] adj [situation, experience, conditions] → réel(le)
a real-life drama → un véritable drame

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(= become aware of)erkennen, sich (dat)klar werden (+gen), → sich (dat)bewusst werden (+gen); (= be aware of)sich (dat)klar sein über (+acc), → sich (dat)bewusst sein (+gen); (= appreciate, understand)begreifen; (= notice)(be)merken; (= discover)feststellen; does he realize the problems?sind ihm die Probleme bewusst or klar?; he had not fully realized that she was deades war ihm nicht voll bewusst, dass sie tot war; I realized what he meantmir wurde klar or ich begriff, was er meinte; I realized how he had done itich erkannte or mir wurde klar, wie er es gemacht hatte; I hadn’t realized you were going awaymir war nicht klar, dass Sie weggehen; I’ve just realized I won’t be heremir ist eben aufgegangen or klar geworden, dass ich dann nicht hier sein werde; when will you realize you can’t …?wann werden Sie endlich begreifen, dass Sie nicht … können?; I hadn’t realized how late it wasich habe gar nicht gemerkt, wie spät es war; he didn’t realize she was cheating himer merkte nicht, dass sie ihn betrog; when the parents realized their child was deafals die Eltern (be)merkten or feststellten, dass ihr Kind taub war; I realized I didn’t have any money on meich stellte fest, dass ich kein Geld dabei hatte; I made her realize that I was rightich machte ihr klar, dass ich recht hatte; you couldn’t be expected to realize thatdas konnten Sie nicht wissen; yes, I realize thatja, das ist mir klar or bewusst; yes, I realize that I was wrongja, ich sehe ein, dass ich unrecht hatte

vi didn’t you realize?war Ihnen das nicht klar?; (= notice)haben Sie das nicht gemerkt?; I’ve just realizeddas ist mir eben klar geworden; (= noticed)das habe ich eben gemerkt; I should have realizeddas hätte ich wissen müssen; I thought you’d never realizeich dachte, Sie merken es nie; he’ll never realize (= notice)das wird er nie merken

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(ˈriəlaiz) verb

1. to know; to understand. I realize that I cant have everything I want; I realized my mistake.

2. to make real; to make (something) come true. He realized his ambition to become an astronaut; My worst fears were realized.

3. to make (money) by selling something. He realized $60,000 on the sale of his apartment.

ˌrealiˈzation, ˌrealiˈsation noun

the act of realizing. the realization of his mistake/hopes.

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يُدْرِكُ uvědomit si indse erkennen συνειδητοποιώ percatarse, percatarse de tajuta réaliser uvidjeti realizzare 十分に理解する 깨닫다 realiseren (zich) innse zrozumieć perceber осознавать inse ตระหนัก farkına varmak nhận ra 认识到

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v. realizar; llevar a cabo; darse cuenta de.

English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


vt darse cuenta; When did you realize she was sick?..¿Cuándo se dio cuenta que estaba enferma?

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