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English definition of “realize”

realize

verb [T]  /ˈri·əˌlɑɪz/ us  

realize verb [T] (BECOME AWARE)

to become aware of or understand a situation: He realized the store would be closing in a few minutes. [+ (that) clause] Suddenly I realized (that) I was lost.

realize verb [T] (ACHIEVE)

to achieve things you hope for or plan for: They finally realized their goal of buying a summer home.
(Definition of realize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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