realise

When you realise something, it becomes clear to you. Brits spell this word with an "s," while Americans will replace the "s" with a "z." We hope you realise this difference if you are editing a Brit's writing.

All the meanings of realise amount to making something “real” in some way. If you realise a plan, you make it happen. If you realise a fact, you see its truth. If you realise the seriousness of a situation, you become aware of its dangers. Since this word was originally borrowed from the French réaliser (meaning "make real"), we can understand why the Brits spell it r-e-a-l-i-s-e with an "s."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: realise

1
v
be fully aware or cognizant of
2
v
make real or concrete; give reality or substance to
3
v
earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
4
v
expand or complete (a part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: realise
1

v be fully aware or cognizant of

Synonyms:
agnise, agnize, realize, recognise, recognize
Types:
know
know the nature or character of
Type of:
cognise, cognize, know
be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about

v perceive (an idea or situation) mentally

Synonyms:
realize, see, understand
envision, fancy, figure, image, picture, project, see, visualise, visualize
imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
see
see and understand, have a good eye
Types:
perceive
become conscious of
appreciate, take account
be fully aware of; realize fully
sense, smell, smell out
become aware of not through the senses but instinctively
2

v make real or concrete; give reality or substance to

Synonyms:
actualise, actualize, realize, substantiate
Types:
incarnate
make concrete and real
express
manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait)
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become
3

v earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

Synonyms:
bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realize, take in
make
act in a certain way so as to acquire
clear, net, sack, sack up
make as a net profit
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eke out, squeeze out
make by laborious and precarious means
profit, turn a profit
make a profit; gain money or materially
rake off
take money from an illegal transaction
bring home, take home
earn as a salary or wage
rake in, shovel in
earn large sums of money
gross
earn before taxes, expenses, etc.
bear, pay, yield
bring in
line one's pockets
make a lot of money
turn a nice dime, turn a nice dollar, turn a nice penny
make a satisfactory profit
clean up
make a big profit; often in a short period of time
clear, net
yield as a net profit
pay off
yield a profit or result
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v convert into cash; of goods and property

Synonyms:
realize
Type of:
sell
exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent
4

v expand or complete (a part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass

Synonyms:
realize
Type of:
harmonise, harmonize
write a harmony for

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