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v. i·de·al·ized, i·de·al·iz·ing, i·de·al·iz·es
To regard or represent as ideal: students who idealize their professors; a book that idealizes rustic living.
To regard or represent something as ideal.

i·de′al·i·za′tion (-ə-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
i·de′al·iz′er n.
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(aɪˈdɪəˌlaɪz) or


1. to consider or represent (something) as ideal
2. (tr) to portray as ideal; glorify
3. (intr) to form an ideal or ideals
iˈdealˌizer, iˈdealˌiser n
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(aɪˈdi əˌlaɪz)

v. -ized, -iz•ing. v.t.
1. to consider or represent as having qualities of ideal perfection or excellence.
2. to represent in an ideal form or character.
3. to represent something in an ideal form.
i•de`al•i•za′tion, n.
i•de′al•iz`er, n.
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Past participle: idealized
Gerund: idealizing

I idealize
you idealize
he/she/it idealizes
we idealize
you idealize
they idealize
I idealized
you idealized
he/she/it idealized
we idealized
you idealized
they idealized
Present Continuous
I am idealizing
you are idealizing
he/she/it is idealizing
we are idealizing
you are idealizing
they are idealizing
Present Perfect
I have idealized
you have idealized
he/she/it has idealized
we have idealized
you have idealized
they have idealized
Past Continuous
I was idealizing
you were idealizing
he/she/it was idealizing
we were idealizing
you were idealizing
they were idealizing
Past Perfect
I had idealized
you had idealized
he/she/it had idealized
we had idealized
you had idealized
they had idealized
I will idealize
you will idealize
he/she/it will idealize
we will idealize
you will idealize
they will idealize
Future Perfect
I will have idealized
you will have idealized
he/she/it will have idealized
we will have idealized
you will have idealized
they will have idealized
Future Continuous
I will be idealizing
you will be idealizing
he/she/it will be idealizing
we will be idealizing
you will be idealizing
they will be idealizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been idealizing
you have been idealizing
he/she/it has been idealizing
we have been idealizing
you have been idealizing
they have been idealizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been idealizing
you will have been idealizing
he/she/it will have been idealizing
we will have been idealizing
you will have been idealizing
they will have been idealizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been idealizing
you had been idealizing
he/she/it had been idealizing
we had been idealizing
you had been idealizing
they had been idealizing
I would idealize
you would idealize
he/she/it would idealize
we would idealize
you would idealize
they would idealize
Past Conditional
I would have idealized
you would have idealized
he/she/it would have idealized
we would have idealized
you would have idealized
they would have idealized
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.idealize - consider or render as ideal; "She idealized her husband after his death"
consider, regard, view, reckon, see - deem to be; "She views this quite differently from me"; "I consider her to be shallow"; "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do"
glamorize, glamourise, romanticise, romanticize - interpret romantically; "Don't romanticize this uninteresting and hard work!"
deify - consider as a god or godlike; "These young men deify financial success"
2.idealize - form ideals; "Man has always idealized"
dream up, think up, hatch, concoct, think of - devise or invent; "He thought up a plan to get rich quickly"; "no-one had ever thought of such a clever piece of software"
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verb romanticize, glorify, exalt, worship, magnify, ennoble, deify, put on a pedestal, apotheosize People often idealize the past.
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líta á sem fullkominn; fegra


[aɪˈdɪəlaɪz] VTidealizar
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[aɪˈdɪəlaɪz] idealise (British) vtidéaliser
People idealize the past → Les gens idéalisent le passé.
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[aɪˈdɪəˌlaɪz] vtidealizzare
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(aiˈdiəl) adjective
perfect. This tool is ideal for the job I have in mind.
1. a person, thing etc that is looked on as being perfect. She was clever and beautiful – in fact she was his ideal of what a wife should be.
2. a person's standard of behaviour etc. a man of high ideals.
iˈdealist noun
a person having (too) high ideals of behaviour etc.
iˈdealism noun
ˌideaˈlistic (aidiə-) adjective
iˈdealize, iˈdealise verb
to regard as perfect. Children tend to idealize their parents.
iˌdealiˈzation, iˌdealiˈsation noun
iˈdeally adverb
1. perfectly. He is ideally suited to this job.
2. under perfect conditions. Ideally, we should check this again, but we haven't enough time.
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References in classic literature ?
The word passion means nothing else to them; and that Higgins could have a passion for phonetics and idealize his mother instead of Eliza, would seem to them absurd and unnatural.
I think you idealize the English aristocracy--even in assuming it to be so aristocratic.
Moreover, Brundage's concluding appeal to pluralism rings hollow: "As long as white and black southerners do not succumb to nostalgia, do not idealize an exclusionary past, and no not presume the inherent virtue of their idealized historical identity, they may fashion a fully democratic civic culture, an accomplishment that generations of southerners have longed for." (343) Nothing in the book prepares us for such pollyanna-ish prognostication.
It is always hard not to idealize James Cleveland Owens.
Enveloped by nostalgia, we tend to idealize the past as a time when the simple life prevailed, and our decisions were not mired in the outrageous ethical dilemma's induced by modern technology.