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Definition of realize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they realize
    he / she / it realizes
    past simple realized
    -ing form realizing
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    be/become aware
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) to understand or become aware of a particular fact or situation realize (that)… I didn't realize (that) you were so unhappy. The moment I saw her, I realized something was wrong. realize how, what, etc. … I don't think you realize how important this is to her. realize (something) I hope you realize the seriousness of this crime. Only later did she realize her mistake. The situation was more complicated than they had at first realized. They were able to leave without any of us realizing their absence. it is realized that… There was a cheer when it was realized that everyone was safely back.
  2. achieve something
  3. 2[transitive] realize something to achieve something important that you very much want to do She never realized her ambition of becoming a professional singer. We try to help all students realize their full potential (= be as successful as they are able to be).
  4. happen
  5. 3[transitive, usually passive] realize something if someone's fears are realized, the things that they are afraid will happen, do happen His worst fears were realized when he saw that the door had been forced open.
  6. sell
  7. 4[transitive] realize your asset(s) (formal) to sell things that you own, for example property, in order to get the money that you need for something synonym convert
  8. 5[transitive] realize something (formal) (of goods, etc.) to be sold for a particular amount of money synonym make The paintings realized $2 million at auction.
  9. make something real
  10. 6[transitive] realize something (formal) to produce something that can be seen or heard, based on written information or instructions The stage designs have been beautifully realized.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: realize