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English definition of “realize”

realize

verb [I or T] (BECOME AWARE) (UK usually realise)     /ˈrɪə.laɪz/ US  /ˈriː.ə-/
B1 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."Understanding and comprehending
(Definition of realize verb (BECOME AWARE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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