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realize

verb uk (UK usually realise)   /ˈrɪə.laɪz/ us    /ˈriː.ə-/

realize verb (BECOME AWARE)

B1 [I or T] to understand a situation, sometimes suddenly: They didn't realize the danger they were in. [+ (that)] "Do you realize (that) this is the third time you've forgotten?" she said angrily. [+ question word] I realize how difficult it's going to be, but we must try. As he watched the TV drama, he suddenly realized (that) he'd seen it before. "You're standing on my foot." "Sorry, I didn't realize."

realize verb (ACHIEVE)

C1 [T] to achieve something you were hoping for: Lots of money, a luxury house, a fast car - Danny had realized all his ambitions by the age of 25. sb's worst fears are realized [T] used for saying that something that someone was worrying about really happened: Ten years later her worst fears were realized.

realize verb (MONEY)

specialized finance & economics to be sold for a particular amount of money: The paintings are expected to realize £500,000 each. realize assets to sell property in order to get some money: He had to realize all his assets to pay off his debts.
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