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v. re·al·ized, re·al·iz·ing, re·al·iz·es
1. To comprehend completely or correctly.
2. To bring into reality; make real: He finally realized his lifelong ambition to learn how to play the violin.
3. To make realistic: a film that realizes court life of the 1600s.
4. To obtain or achieve, as gain or profit: She realized a substantial return on the investment.
5. To bring in (a sum) as profit by sale.
To exchange holdings or goods for money.

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

re′al·iz′a·ble adj.
re′al·iz′er n.
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(ˈrɪəˌlaɪz) or


1. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to become conscious or aware of (something)
2. (tr, often passive) to bring (a plan, ambition, etc) to fruition; make actual or concrete
3. (tr) to give (something, such as a drama or film) the appearance of reality
4. (Commerce) (tr) (of goods, property, etc) to sell for or make (a certain sum): this table realized £800.
5. (Banking & Finance) (tr) to convert (property or goods) into cash
6. (Classical Music) (tr) (of a musicologist or performer)
a. to expand or complete (a thorough-bass part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass
b. to reconstruct (a composition) from an incomplete set of parts
7. (Phonetics & Phonology) to sound or utter (a phoneme or other speech sound) in actual speech; articulate
ˈrealˌizable, ˈrealˌisable adj
ˈrealˌizably, ˈrealˌisably adv
ˌrealiˈzation, ˌrealiˈsation n
ˈrealˌizer, ˈrealˌiser n
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(ˈri əˌlaɪz)

v. -ized, -iz•ing. v.t.
1. to grasp or understand clearly.
2. to make real; give reality to (a hope, fear, plan, etc.).
3. to bring vividly to the mind.
4. to convert into cash or money: to realize securities.
5. to obtain for oneself by trade, labor, or investment, as a profit or income.
6. to bring as proceeds, as from a sale.
7. to write out or sight-read on a keyboard instrument the full musical harmonization of (a figured bass).
8. Ling. to serve as an actual instance in speech or writing of (an abstract linguistic element or category).
9. to convert property or goods into cash or money.
[1605–15; < French réaliser, Middle French, =real real1 + -iser -ize]
re′al•iz`a•ble, adj.
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1. 'recognize'

If you recognize someone or something, you know who or what they are because you have seen them before, or because they have been described to you.

She didn't recognize me at first.
Doctors are trained to recognize the symptoms of depression.

If you recognize something such as a problem, you accept that it exists.

Governments are beginning to recognize the problem.
We recognize this as a genuine need.
2. 'realize'

If you become aware of a fact, don't say that you 'recognize' it. Say that you realize it.

I realized Martha was right.
She realized that she was going to be late.


1. 'understand'

If you can understand someone or can understand what they are saying, you know what they mean.

His lecture was confusing; no one could understand the terminology.
Her accent was hard to understand.

If you say that you understand that something is true, you mean that you have been told that it is true.

I understand he's been married before.
There was no definite evidence, I understand.
2. 'realize'

Don't use understand to say that someone becomes aware of something. Don't say, for example, 'Until he stopped working he hadn't understood how late it was'. You say 'Until he stopped working he hadn't realized how late it was'.

As soon as I saw him, I realized that I'd seen him before.
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Past participle: realized
Gerund: realizing

I realize
you realize
he/she/it realizes
we realize
you realize
they realize
I realized
you realized
he/she/it realized
we realized
you realized
they realized
Present Continuous
I am realizing
you are realizing
he/she/it is realizing
we are realizing
you are realizing
they are realizing
Present Perfect
I have realized
you have realized
he/she/it has realized
we have realized
you have realized
they have realized
Past Continuous
I was realizing
you were realizing
he/she/it was realizing
we were realizing
you were realizing
they were realizing
Past Perfect
I had realized
you had realized
he/she/it had realized
we had realized
you had realized
they had realized
I will realize
you will realize
he/she/it will realize
we will realize
you will realize
they will realize
Future Perfect
I will have realized
you will have realized
he/she/it will have realized
we will have realized
you will have realized
they will have realized
Future Continuous
I will be realizing
you will be realizing
he/she/it will be realizing
we will be realizing
you will be realizing
they will be realizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been realizing
you have been realizing
he/she/it has been realizing
we have been realizing
you have been realizing
they have been realizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been realizing
you will have been realizing
he/she/it will have been realizing
we will have been realizing
you will have been realizing
they will have been realizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been realizing
you had been realizing
he/she/it had been realizing
we had been realizing
you had been realizing
they had been realizing
I would realize
you would realize
he/she/it would realize
we would realize
you would realize
they would realize
Past Conditional
I would have realized
you would have realized
he/she/it would have realized
we would have realized
you would have realized
they would have realized
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.realize - be fully aware or cognizant ofrealize - be fully aware or cognizant of  
cognise, cognize, know - be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about; "I know that the President lied to the people"; "I want to know who is winning the game!"; "I know it's time"
know - know the nature or character of; "we all knew her as a big show-off"
2.realize - perceive (an idea or situation) mentallyrealize - 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"
perceive - become conscious of; "She finally perceived the futility of her protest"
take account, appreciate - be fully aware of; realize fully; "Do you appreciate the full meaning of this letter?"
envision, fancy, picture, visualize, image, visualise, figure, see, project - imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind; "I can't see him on horseback!"; "I can see what will happen"; "I can see a risk in this strategy"
see - see and understand, have a good eye; "The artist must first learn to see"
3.realize - make real or concreterealize - make real or concrete; give reality or substance to; "our ideas must be substantiated into actions"
create, make - make or cause to be or to become; "make a mess in one's office"; "create a furor"
incarnate - make concrete and real
express - manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait); "Many of the laboratory animals express the trait"
4.realize - earn on some commercial or business transactionrealize - 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"
make - act in a certain way so as to acquire; "make friends"; "make enemies"
acquire, get - come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work"
squeeze out, eke out - make by laborious and precarious means; "He eked out a living as a painter"
turn a profit, profit - make a profit; gain money or materially; "The company has not profited from the merger"
rake off - take money from an illegal transaction
take home, bring home - earn as a salary or wage; "How much does your wife take home after taxes and other deductions?"
rake in, shovel in - earn large sums of money; "Since she accepted the new position, she has been raking it in"
net, sack up, sack, clear - make as a net profit; "The company cleared $1 million"
gross - earn before taxes, expenses, etc.
pay, bear, yield - bring in; "interest-bearing accounts"; "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"
5.realize - convert into cash; of goods and property
commerce, commercialism, mercantilism - transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
sell - exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent; "He sold his house in January"; "She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit"
6.realize - expand or complete (a part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
harmonise, harmonize - write a harmony for
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1. become aware of, understand, recognize, appreciate, take in, grasp, conceive, catch on (informal), comprehend, twig (Brit. informal), get the message, apprehend, become conscious of, be cognizant of As soon as we realized what was going on, we moved the children away.
2. fulfil, achieve, accomplish, bring about, carry through, make real, make concrete, actualize, make happen, make a reality Realize your dreams! Pursue your passions!
3. achieve, do, effect, complete, perform, fulfil, accomplish, bring about, consummate, incarnate, bring off, make concrete, bring to fruition, actualize, make happen, effectuate, reify, carry out or through The kaleidoscopic quality of the book is brilliantly realized on stage.
4. sell for, go for, bring or take in, make, get, clear, produce, gain, net, earn, obtain, acquire A selection of correspondence from P.G. Wodehouse realized £1,232.
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1. To make real or actual:
Idioms: bring to pass, carry into effect.
2. To succeed in doing:
Slang: score.
3. To make as income or profit:
4. To achieve (a certain price):
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chápatpochopitukutečnitutržituvědomit si
indserealiseretjeneblive til virkelighed
framkvæma, láta rætastgera sé ljósthagnast
aptvertgūt peļņuieņemt nauduīstenotizprast
uresničitizavedati se
farkına varmakgerçekleş meksatarak para kazanmakanlamak
nhận ra


[ˈrɪəlaɪz] VT
1. (= comprehend, become aware of) → darse cuenta de
he realized his mistake and went backse dio cuenta de su error y volvió
once I realized how it was doneuna vez que caí en la cuenta de cómo se hacía
then I realized what had happenedentonces me di cuenta de lo que había pasado, entonces comprendí lo que había pasado
to realize thatdarse cuenta de que, comprender que
I began to realize that it would be impossibleempecé a darme cuenta de que sería imposible, empecé a comprender que sería imposible
2. (= know) → darse cuenta de
without realizing itsin darse cuenta
I realize it's difficult, but(ya) sé que es difícil, pero ...comprendo or entiendo que es difícil, pero ...
yes, I realize that!¡sí, ya me doy cuenta!, ¡sí, ya me hago cargo!
do you realize what you've done?¿te das cuenta de lo que has hecho?
3. (= carry out) [+ plan] → llevar a cabo
my worst fears were realizedmis mayores temores se hicieron realidad
to realize one's hopes/ambitionshacer realidad sus esperanzas/ambiciones
to realize one's potentialdesarrollar al máximo su potencial
4. (Comm) (= convert into cash) [+ assets] → realizar; (= produce) [+ profit] → producir; [+ savings] → hacer
the sale of the house realized £250,000la venta de la casa generó 250.000 libras
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[ˈrɪəlaɪz] realise (British) vt
(be or become aware of)se rendre compte de
to realize how ...
Do you realize how long it takes? → Est-ce que tu te rends compte du temps que cela prend?
to realize (that) ... → se rendre compte que ...
We realized that something was wrong → Nous nous sommes rendu compte que quelque chose n'allait pas.
[+ ambition, dreams] → réaliser; [+ hopes] → concrétiser; [+ fears] → confirmer
Our worst fears were realized → Nos pires craintes ont été confirmées.
to realize one's potential → atteindre son plein potentiel
[+ asset] → réaliserreal-life [ˌriːlˈlaɪf] adj [situation, experience, conditions] → réel(le)
a real-life drama → un véritable drame
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(= become aware of)erkennen, sich (dat)klar werden (+gen), → sich (dat)bewusst werden (+gen); (= be aware of)sich (dat)klar sein über (+acc), → sich (dat)bewusst sein (+gen); (= appreciate, understand)begreifen; (= notice)(be)merken; (= discover)feststellen; does he realize the problems?sind ihm die Probleme bewusst or klar?; he had not fully realized that she was deades war ihm nicht voll bewusst, dass sie tot war; I realized what he meantmir wurde klar or ich begriff, was er meinte; I realized how he had done itich erkannte or mir wurde klar, wie er es gemacht hatte; I hadn’t realized you were going awaymir war nicht klar, dass Sie weggehen; I’ve just realized I won’t be heremir ist eben aufgegangen or klar geworden, dass ich dann nicht hier sein werde; when will you realize you can’t …?wann werden Sie endlich begreifen, dass Sie nicht … können?; I hadn’t realized how late it wasich habe gar nicht gemerkt, wie spät es war; he didn’t realize she was cheating himer merkte nicht, dass sie ihn betrog; when the parents realized their child was deafals die Eltern (be)merkten or feststellten, dass ihr Kind taub war; I realized I didn’t have any money on meich stellte fest, dass ich kein Geld dabei hatte; I made her realize that I was rightich machte ihr klar, dass ich recht hatte; you couldn’t be expected to realize thatdas konnten Sie nicht wissen; yes, I realize thatja, das ist mir klar or bewusst; yes, I realize that I was wrongja, ich sehe ein, dass ich unrecht hatte
hope, planverwirklichen, realisieren; potentialverwirklichen
(Fin) assetsrealisieren, verflüssigen; pricebringen, erzielen; interestabwerfen, erbringen; (goods) → einbringen; how much did you realize on your Rembrandt?wie viel hat Ihr Rembrandt (ein)gebracht?
vi didn’t you realize?war Ihnen das nicht klar?; (= notice)haben Sie das nicht gemerkt?; I’ve just realizeddas ist mir eben klar geworden; (= noticed)das habe ich eben gemerkt; I should have realizeddas hätte ich wissen müssen; I thought you’d never realizeich dachte, Sie merken es nie; he’ll never realize (= notice)das wird er nie merken
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[ˈrɪəˌlaɪz] vt
a. (become aware of) → rendersi conto di, accorgersi di; (understand) → capire, realizzare
I realize that ... → mi rendo conto or capisco che...
she hadn't fully realized the gravity of the situation → non si era resa completamente conto della gravità della situazione
without realizing it → senza rendersene conto, senza accorgersene
he realized how/why → ha capito come/perché
b. (frm) (hopes, ambitions, assets, project) → realizzare; (plan) → attuare, realizzare
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(ˈriəlaiz) verb
1. to know; to understand. I realize that I can't have everything I want; I realized my mistake.
2. to make real; to make (something) come true. He realized his ambition to become an astronaut; My worst fears were realized.
3. to make (money) by selling something. He realized $60,000 on the sale of his apartment.
ˌrealiˈzation, ˌrealiˈsation noun
the act of realizing. the realization of his mistake/hopes.
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يُدْرِكُ uvědomit si indse erkennen συνειδητοποιώ percatarse, percatarse de tajuta réaliser uvidjeti realizzare 十分に理解する 깨닫다 realiseren (zich) innse zrozumieć perceber осознавать inse ตระหนัก farkına varmak nhận ra 认识到
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v. realizar; llevar a cabo; darse cuenta de.
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vt darse cuenta; When did you realize she was sick?..¿Cuándo se dio cuenta que estaba enferma?
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References in classic literature ?
But little did she realize, even then, as she hid the Manuscript and prepared to flee, how terrible had been the breakdown of the Second Revolt.
She saw her husband, but did not realize the significance of his appearance before her now.
She was not surprised at his having come; she did not realize that he had come.
Ghek made no reply, but moved rapidly through the winding subterranean corridors until Gahan began to realize how truly was he in the hands of this strange monster.
He did not relish the idea of sharing his prize, but he was shrewd enough to realize that Barunda possessed the power to rob him of it all, so at last he acquiesced, though with poor grace.
It was fully an hour thereafter that doubts began to enter Bulan's head, and as the day dragged on he came to realize that he and his weird pack were alone and lost in the heart of a strange and tangled web of tropical jungle.
Pollyanna did not go to school "to-morrow," nor the "day after to-morrow." Pollyanna, however, did not realize this, except momentarily when a brief period of full consciousness sent insistent questions to her lips.
"Yes, I shan't be able to forgive him if he does not realize all the gravity of it.
"Yes, he realizes all the gravity of it," she thought, and gratefully she pressed his hand.
Eh, Andreevich!' Nikita called cautiously, beginning to realize the truth, and straightening his back.
VALUE ADDED AT FACTOR COST, BY GROUP OF ACTIVITY SECTOR, 2012 (final data) Industry (B, C, D, E) 38.2% Services (H, I, J, L, M, N, S 95) 28.5% Wholesale and retail trade, repair 23.3% of motor vehicles (G) Construction (F) 10.0% Note: Table made from pie chart According to the statistics in the country, there are 77 energy companies that employ 7,746 persons and realize a total turnout of 1.1 billion euro.