Pronunciation: (rē'u-līz"), [key]
v., -ized, -iz•ing.

1. to grasp or understand clearly.
2. to make real; give reality to (a hope, fear, plan, etc.).
3. to bring vividly to the mind.
4. to convert into cash or money: to realize securities.
5. to obtain as a profit or income for oneself by trade, labor, or investment.
6. to bring as proceeds, as from a sale: The goods realized $1000.
7. sight-read on a keyboard instrument or write out in notation the full harmony and ornamentation indicated by (a figured bass).
8. serve as an instance, representation, or embodiment of (an abstract linguistic element or category): In “Jack tripped,” the subject is realized by “Jack,” the predicate by “tripped,” and the past tense by “-ed.”

to convert property or goods into cash or money. Also, esp. Brit.,re'al•ise".

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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