Definition of “idealize” - English Dictionary

“idealize” in British English

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idealizeverb [ T ]

UK usually idealise uk /aɪˈdɪə.laɪz/ us /aɪˈdiː.ə.laɪz/
idealized
adjective UK usually idealised uk /aɪˈdɪə.laɪzd/ us /aɪˈdiː.ə.laɪzd/

The film presents a very idealized view of 19th-century Ireland (= making it seem more pleasant than it was).
idealization
noun [ U ] UK usually idealisation uk /aɪˌdɪə.laɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us /aɪˌdiː.ə.ləˈzeɪ.ʃən/

(Definition of “idealize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“idealize” in American English

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idealizeverb [ T ]

us /ɑɪˈdil·ɑɪz, -ˈdi·əˌlɑɪz/

to think of or represent someone or something as perfect:

Thoreau seemed to idealize the women close to him.

(Definition of “idealize” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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