• WordNet 3.6
    • v realize perceive (an idea or situation) mentally "Now I see!","I just can't see your point","Does she realize how important this decision is?","I don't understand the idea"
    • v realize be fully aware or cognizant of
    • v realize make real or concrete; give reality or substance to "our ideas must be substantiated into actions"
    • v realize expand or complete (a part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass
    • v realize convert into cash; of goods and property
    • v realize 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Canadians Scott Abbott and Chris Haney invented Trivial Pursuit. They were planning on playing Scrabble and realized that some of the pieces were missing so they came up with the idea of making their own game; Trivial Pursuit
    • Realize 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 realize a good estate."
    • Realize 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 realize ancient history to us.""We can not realize it in thought, that the object . . . had really no being at any past moment."
    • v. i Realize 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 realize , a word now first brought into use to express the conversion of ideal property into something real."
    • Realize To convert into actual money; as, to realize assets.
    • Realize To convert into real property; to make real estate of; as, to realize his fortune.
    • Realize To make real; to convert from the imaginary or fictitious into the actual; to bring into concrete existence; to effectuate; to accomplish; as, to realize a scheme or project. "We realize what Archimedes had only in hypothesis, weighing a single grain against the globe of earth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Captain Cook lost 41 of his 98 crew to scurvy (a lack of vitamin C) on his first voyage to the South Pacific in 1768. By 1795 the importance of eating citrus was realized, and lemon juice was issued on all British Navy ships.
    • realize To make or cause to become real; bring into existence or fact: as, to realize a project, or a dream of empire.
    • realize 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.
    • realize To manifest as real or as a reality; exhibit the actual existence or character of; cause to appear real or distinct.
    • realize 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.
    • realize To bring into form for actual or ready use; exchange for cash or ready means: as, to realize one's stock or securities.
    • realize 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.
    • realize To convert into real estate; make real property of.
    • realize To obtain ready money or profits by sale of property.
    • realize Also spelled realise.
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  • Robert H. Schuller
    “You will suddenly realize that the reason you never changed before was because you didn't want to.”
  • Anthony J. D'Angelo
    Anthony J. D'Angelo
    “Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.”
  • Thomas Troward
    Thomas Troward
    “Having seen and felt the end, you have willed the means to the realization of the end.”
  • John Stuart Mill
    “There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.”
  • Edward De Bono
    Edward De Bono
    “People should realize we're jerks just like them.”
  • Charles Wadworth
    Charles Wadworth
    “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. réaliser,


In literature:

Perhaps it was only at that very moment that she realized her love for Dick; realized it and fought against it in the same breath.
"To Love" by Margaret Peterson
Then the little captain realized that the most humiliating moment of her whole life had arrived.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
It was now late in October, but you wouldn't have realized it unless you had looked at the calendar.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
He had seen enough to realize that pulling a trawl was no sinecure.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The officer did not understand what Nance had said, but he realized that, whatever she intended to do, she had an advantage over him.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
Mrs. Farnshaw realized as soon as the question was asked that her joy had been premature.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
He realized that Lettice had laid it on his knee, last night, when the bud had been fresh.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
He slammed down the window, realizing that discretion was the better part of valor.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
And Seth failed to realize that he had not made his meaning plain.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Peggy realized blissfully that she owned him.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke

In poetry:

For the mind that masters view the emptiness dawns
In the content seen not even an atom exists
A seer and seen refined until they're gone
This way of realizing view, it works quite well
"The Profound Definitive Meaning" by Jetsun Milarepa
Blossoms colored like the skies,
Sunset-hued and tame or wild,
Fill my soul with such surmise
As the mind might realize
If our thoughts, all undefiled,
Should take form before our eyes.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
'Twas hard to realize on
This snug side the mute horizon
That beyond it hostile armaments might steer,
Save from seeing in the porchway a fair woman weep with eyes on
A harnessed Volunteer.
"The Alarm" by Thomas Hardy
In lively conversation with the sky.
The howls came plunging down for them to hear
When rainy weather screened him from their eyes.
He seemed to pray by shouting in their ears
And yet he didn't realize for years
"The Stylite" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Ambitions too, are realized,
And that which I have sought on earth,
I find at last idealized,
My longings ripen into worth,
My fondest hopes no longer fear decease,
But bloom forth brightly on the Plains of Peace.
"The Plains Of Peace" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
Three hundred thousand men, but not enough
To break this township on a winding stream;
More yet must fall, and more, ere the red stuff
That built a nation's manhood may redeem
The Master's hopes and realize his dream.
"Verdun" by Eden Phillpotts

In news:

Realizing that venues are booked more often after clients walk through them, Adam built a venue-visit scheduler into the system as well.
Since then, I've realized that I had unwittingly become a member of a worldwide subculture where vintage boomboxes are as good as gold.
Ever had a beer, obviously a good one that's not twist off, and realized you didn't have an opener.
Can these products and services help your bar realize the same turnaround.
When you do, you'll soon realize that the behavior Jared is exhibiting can escalate.
Obama has been postponing the inevitable — the eventual realization that there is no Middle East peace agreement to be had at this stage (or any time soon).
You probably don't even realize you're doing it, but when you have a runny nose, you reach for a box of Kleenex, not just tissues.
Once I realized bread pudding could taste nice and look nice, I decided to give it a try.
I realize this is three years and 105 races late, but here goes: Welcome to NASCAR, Juan Pablo Montoya.
It's what happens after the first cut when you wake up and realize that the tournament didn't go your way.
I realized that I'm hardly the first to receive such criticism.
EMINENCE In his second year as head coach for the Eminence boys' basketball team, Shawn Alspaugh realizes the challenges this season is going to bring.
He also ordered a chicken mole tamale ($3.95, a la carte), not realizing that the enchiladas would be doused in the same rich sauce.
Bryan (Liam Neeson) and his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), enjoy the exotic sights of Istanbul, little realizing that a vengeful Balkan and his legion of thugs are planning a three-way kidnapping.
Last night, while watching an episode of Twin Peaks on Netflix (yes, I realize I'm late to the party), I had my iPad in hand (to play Boggle) and my smartphone at my side to monitor text messages and incoming emails.

In science:

For each n ≥ 2 we will find a realization g of p0 in Fn and independent realizations b1 , .., bn of p0 in Fn such that g depends on (forks with) bn for each n.
On genericity and weight in the free group
It is not hard to conclude from the proof of Theorem 2.3 plus compactness, that in some model G of Tf g , there is a realization g of p0 and an independent set {bi : i < ω} of realizations of p0 such that g forks with each bi over
On genericity and weight in the free group
Then, there exists an ld-triangulation of M partitioning {Aj : j ∈ J }, i.e., there is a local ly finite generalized simplicial complex K and a ld-homeomorphism ψ : |K | → M , where |K | is the realization of K , such that ψ−1 (Aj ) is the realization of a subcomplex of K for every j ∈ J .
Locally definable homotopy
Fourier phase map of an IAAFT surrogate realization of zL for ∆ = 1. b) same as (a) but using an AAFT surrogate realization.
Surrogates with random Fourier Phases
The inset shows the σ -normalized deviation versus SN R for the three classes. S (d) = |ψO (d)− < ψ >S |/σS (ψ), where σS (ψ) is the standard deviation of ψ as derived from surrogate realizations. c) and d) The same as a) and b) but using phase-controlled (B) surrogate realizations, respectively.
Surrogates with random Fourier Phases