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idealize

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