Realize - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈriːəlaɪz|  American pronunciation of the word realize
Brit.  |ˈrɪəlʌɪz|  British pronunciation of the word realize
- be fully aware or cognizant of (syn: recognize)
- perceive (an idea or situation) mentally (syn: see, understand)
Does she realize how important this decision is?
- make real or concrete; give reality or substance to (syn: actualize, substantiate)
- earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages (syn: bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, take in)
- convert into cash; of goods and property
- expand or complete (a part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass


They did not realize the risk that was involved.

He finally realized the scope of the problem.

She realizes how much things have changed.

Do you realize how difficult that stunt is?

You just have to realize that you can't always get what you want.

She slowly realized what he was trying to say.

He realized a lifelong dream by winning an Olympic medal.

He finally realized his ambition to start his own business.

She finally realized her goal.

I realized how my words had been distorted.

She realized that she had been cheated.

I suddenly realized that the boy was crying.

Do you realize you're an hour late?

I'm sorry, I didn't realize who you were.

It took us a while to realize the extent of the tragedy.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: realize
he/she/it: realizes
present participle: realizing
past tense: realized
past participle: realized
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