Other forms: realized; realizing; realizes

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.

Definitions of realize
  1. verb
    be fully aware or cognizant of
    synonyms: agnise, agnize, realise, recognise, recognize
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    know the nature or character of
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    cognise, cognize, know
    be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about
  2. verb
    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 and understand, have a good eye
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    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
  3. verb
    make real or concrete; give reality or substance to
    synonyms: actualise, actualize, realise, substantiate
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    make concrete and real
    manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait)
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  4. verb
    earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
    synonyms: bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, take in
    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
    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
    use something as a source of income or profit
    type of:
    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  5. verb
    convert into cash; of goods and property
    synonyms: realise
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    type of:
    exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent
  6. verb
    expand or complete (a part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass
    synonyms: realise
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    type of:
    harmonise, harmonize
    write a harmony for




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