Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To comprehend completely or correctly.
  • transitive v. To bring into reality; make real: He finally realized his lifelong ambition to learn how to play the violin.
  • transitive v. To make realistic: a film that realizes court life of the 17th century.
  • transitive v. To obtain or achieve, as gain or profit: She realized a substantial return on the investment.
  • transitive v. To bring in (a sum) as profit by sale.
  • intransitive v. To exchange holdings or goods for money.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make real; to convert from the imaginary or fictitious into the actual; to bring into concrete existence; to accomplish.
  • v. To become aware of a fact or situation.
  • v. 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.
  • v. To acquire as an actual possession; to obtain as the result of plans and efforts; to gain; to get
  • v. To convert any kind of property into money, especially property representing investments, as shares, bonds, etc.
  • v. To convert into real property; to make real estate of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To convert any kind of property into money, especially property representing investments, as shares in stock companies, bonds, etc.
  • transitive v. To make real; to convert from the imaginary or fictitious into the actual; to bring into concrete existence; to effectuate; to accomplish.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To convert into real property; to make real estate of.
  • transitive v. To acquire as an actual possession; to obtain as the result of plans and efforts; to gain; to get.
  • transitive v. To convert into actual money.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make or cause to become real; bring into existence or fact: as, to realize a project, or a dream of empire.
  • To perceive or comprehend the reality of; make real or distinct to one's self; recognize the real nature or the actual existence of: as, to realize the horrors of war; to realize one's danger or one's deficiencies.
  • To manifest as real or as a reality; exhibit the actual existence or character of; cause to appear real or distinct.
  • To bring or get into actual possession; make one's own; clear as a profit or gain; obtain a return of: as, to realize a fortune from speculation.
  • To bring into form for actual or ready use; exchange for cash or ready means: as, to realize one's stock or securities.
  • To fetch as a price or return; bring in exchange or as compensation; make a return of: as, how much did the cargo realizet his labor realizes but little.
  • To convert into real estate; make real property of.
  • To obtain ready money or profits by sale of property.
  • Also spelled realise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
  • v. expand or complete (a part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass
  • v. be fully aware or cognizant of
  • v. perceive (an idea or situation) mentally
  • v. convert into cash; of goods and property
  • v. make real or concrete; give reality or substance to

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Attested since 1610, from French réaliser, from Middle French real ("actual"), from Old French reel, from Latin realis, from res ("thing, event, deed, fact"); as if real +‎ -ize.

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