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realize (v.)

1610s, "bring into existence, make or cause to become real," also "exhibit the actual existence of," from French réaliser "make real" (16c.), from real "actual" (see real (adj.)). The sense of "understand clearly, comprehend the reality of" is recorded by 1775. Sense of "obtain, amass, bring or get into actual possession" (money, profit, etc.) is from 1753. Related: Realized; realizing.

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Definitions of realize from WordNet

realize (v.)
be fully aware or cognizant of;
Synonyms: recognize / recognise / realise / agnize / agnise
realize (v.)
perceive (an idea or situation) mentally;
Does she realize how important this decision is?
Synonyms: understand / realise / see
realize (v.)
make real or concrete; give reality or substance to;
realize (v.)
earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages;
Synonyms: gain / take in / clear / make / earn / realise / pull in / bring in
realize (v.)
convert into cash; of goods and property;
Synonyms: realise
realize (v.)
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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