• To make real; to convert from the imaginary or fictitious into reality; to bring into real existence
  • To become aware of (a fact or situation, especially of something that has been true for a long time).
  • To cause to seem real; to sense vividly or strongly; to make one's own in thought or experience.
  • To acquire as an actual possession; to obtain as the result of plans and efforts; to gain; to get
  • To convert any kind of property into money, especially property representing investments, such as shares, bonds, etc.
  • To convert into real property; to make real estate of.
  • To turn an abstract linguistic object into actual language, especially said of a phoneme's conversion into speech sound.


  • Attested since 1610, from French réaliser, from Middle French real ("actual"), from Old French reel, from Latin reālis, from rēs; as if real + -ize.

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