verb (realiz, ing)
- (transitive) To become aware of a fact or situation.
- He realized that he had left his umbrella on the train.
- (transitive) To make real; to convert from the imaginary or fictitious into the actual; to bring into concrete existence; to accomplish; as, to realize a scheme or project.
- We what Archimedes had only in hypothesis, weighting a single grain against the globe of earth. — w:Joseph Glanvill, Joseph Glanvill.
- (transitive) 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.
- Many coincidences . . . soon begin to appear in them Greek inscriptions which ancient history to us. — w:Benjamin Jowett, Benjamin Jowett.
- We can not it in thought, that the object . . . had really no being at any past moment. — w:Sir William Hamilton, 9th Baronet, Sir William Hamilton.
- (transitive) To convert into real property; to make real estate of; as, to realize his fortune.
- (transitive) To acquire as an actual possession; to obtain as the result of plans and efforts; to gain; to get; as, to realize large profits from a speculation.
- Knighthood was not beyond the reach of any man who could by diligent thrift a good estate. — w:Macaulay, Macaulay.
- (transitive) To convert into actual money; as, to realize assets.
- (transitive) To convert any kind of property into money, especially property representing investments, as shares in stock companies, bonds, etc.
- Wary men took the alarm, and began to , a word now first brought into use to express the conversion of ideal property into something real. — w:Washington Irving, Washington Irving.
- French: réaliser
- German: realisieren (only a gain in stock exchange)
- Italian: rendersi conto (that: che)
- Spanish: realizar
- Dutch: realizeren, bewerkstelligen
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