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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
    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.

  4. 4
    [transitive] business to obtain an amount of money by selling something


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