realize

When you realize something, you become fully aware of what is happening, like when you realize all the people in your basement who are smiling at you and starting to sing to you are there because it's your birthday. Surprise!

Realize usually describes the moment your thoughts click, like the moment you close the door behind you, you realize you don't have your keys. You are locked out! So you knock on your neighbor's door. You realize, here meaning that you are fully aware, that she might not appreciate having to help you because she's trying to leave for work. You tell her your new goal is to be more organized. She says, until you realize, or reach, that goal, you better hide an extra key somewhere in your yard.

Primary Meanings of realize

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 realize
1

v be fully aware or cognizant of

Synonyms:
agnise, agnize, realise, 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

“Does she realize how important this decision is?”
Synonyms:
realise, 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, realise, 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, realise, take in
make
act in a certain way so as to acquire
clear, net, sack, sack up
make as a net profit
Types:
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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:
realise
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:
realise
Type of:
harmonise, harmonize
write a harmony for

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