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English definition of “realize”

realize

verb [T] (also UK realise)     /ˈrɪəlaɪz/
realize a gain/profit/loss FINANCE to make or lose money when you sell something: They're trading on an extremely short-term basis and will sell once they can realize a profit . Following liquidation of the portfolio , the County realized a loss of approximately $600 million of its investment in the County Pools .
FINANCE to make money or a profit from doing something: In the past 12 months , the firm has realized a double-digit increase in sales and return on capital .
realize assets FINANCE to sell assets for cash : They have three years to realise their assets and pay back as much of the debt as possible .
to achieve something you planned to do or hoped for: To realize their full financial potential , firms need to retain the talent and know-how that made them successful in the first place .
(Definition of realize verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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