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idealize

verb [T] (UK usually idealise)     /aɪˈdɪə.laɪz/
to think of or represent someone or something as better than that person or thing really is: Why do people idealize their school days?Praising insincerely or too eagerly idealized (UK usually idealised)     /aɪˈdɪə.laɪzd/ adjective The film presents a very idealized view of 19th-century Ireland (= making it seem more pleasant than it was).True, real, false, and unreal idealization (UK usually idealisation)     /aɪˌdɪə.laɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ US  /aɪˌdɪə.ləˈ-/ noun [U]
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