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verb realize pronunciation in British English /ˈrɪəlaɪz/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerealizing
past tenserealized
past participlerealized
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to know and understand something
    Almost without realizing it, he began to sing.
    realize (that): It’s important to realize that this situation is only temporary.
    realize what/how etc: At the time I never even realized how unhappy I was.
    1. a.
      used for showing someone that you understand their feelings
      We realize that this is upsetting for you, but it’s for the best.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to gradually begin to understand something that you did not know or notice before
    I soon realized my mistake.
    realize (that): It was some time before he realized he’d offended them.
    realize why/how etc: I’ve just realized how much I miss him.
  3. 3
    [transitive] formal to achieve something that you have planned or hoped for
    Their expectations of huge profits were never fully realized.
    realize a goal/dream/ambition etc: He finally realized his boyhood ambition to become a dancer.



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