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verb realize pronunciation in American English /ˈriəˌlaɪz/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrealize
he/she/itrealizes
present participlerealizing
past tenserealized
past participlerealized
  1. 1
    [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.

    She realized with growing dismay that the man was drunk.

    realize why/how etc.:

    I now realize how much I miss him.

  2. 2
    [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 difficult for you to accept, but it’s for the best.

  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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