Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “realize”

realize

verb [T] (BECOME AWARE)   /ˈri·əˌlɑɪz/
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 .
(Definition of realize verb (BECOME AWARE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of realize

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Understanding and comprehending, but you might be interested in these topics from the Knowing and understanding topic area:

Definitions of “realize” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

amicable

relating to behaviour between people that is pleasant and friendly, often despite a difficult situation

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More