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1 be fully aware or cognizant of [syn: recognize, recognise, realise, agnize, agnise]
2 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" [syn: understand, realise, see]
3 make real or concrete; give reality or substance to; "our ideas must be substantiated into actions" [syn: realise, actualize, actualise, substantiate]
4 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" [syn: gain, take in, clear, make, earn, realise, pull in, bring in]
5 convert into cash; of goods and property [syn: realise]
6 expand or complete (a thorough-based part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass [syn: realise]

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  1. To become aware of a fact or situation.
    • He realized that he had left his umbrella on the train.
  2. To make real; to convert from the imaginary or fictitious into the actual; to bring into concrete existence; to accomplish.
    • The objectives of the project were never fully realized.
    • Profits from the investment can be realized at any time by selling the shares.
    • We realize what Archimedes had only in hypothesis, weighting a single grain against the globe of earth. — Joseph Glanvill.
  3. 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. — Benjamin Jowett.
    • We can not realize it in thought, that the object . . . had really no being at any past moment. — Sir William Hamilton.
  4. To convert (assets) into actual money.
    • By realizing the company's assets, the liquidator was able to return most of the shareholders' investments.
  5. To convert into real property; to make real estate of.
  6. 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. — Macaulay.
  7. To convert any kind of property into money, especially property representing investments, as shares, 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. — Washington Irving.

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become aware of
make real
cause to seem real
convert into real property
acquire as an actual possession
convert into actual money
convert any kind of property into money


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