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realizeverb [T]

 us   /ˈri·əˌlɑɪz/
  • realize verb [T] (BECOME AWARE)

to ​becomeaware of or ​understand a ​situation: He realized the ​store would be ​closing in a few ​minutes. [+ (that) clause] Suddenly I realized (that) I was ​lost.
  • realize verb [T] (ACHIEVE)

to ​achieve things you ​hope for or ​plan for: They ​finally realized ​theirgoal of ​buying a ​summerhome.
(Definition of realize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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realizeverb

(UK usually realise) uk   /ˈrɪə.laɪz/  us   /ˈriː.ə.laɪz/
  • realize verb (BECOME AWARE)

B1 [I or T] 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 howdifficult it's going to be, but we must ​try. As he ​watched the TV show, he suddenly realized (that) he'd ​seen it before. "You're ​standing on my ​foot." "Sorry, I didn't realize."

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  • realize verb (ACHIEVE)

C1 [T] to ​achieve something you were ​hoping for: Lots of ​money, a ​luxuryhouse, a ​fastcar - Danny had realized all his ​ambitions by the ​age of 25.
sb's worst fears are realized [T]
used for saying that something that someone was ​worrying about really ​happened: Ten ​yearslater her ​worstfears were realized.
  • realize verb (MONEY)

specialized finance & economics to be ​sold for a ​particularamount of ​money: The ​paintings are ​expected to realize $500,000 each.
realize assets
to ​sellproperty in ​order to get some ​money: He had to realize all his ​assets to ​pay off his ​debts.
(Definition of realize from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"realize" in Business English

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realizeverb [T]

(also UK realise) uk   us   /ˈrɪəlaɪz/
realize a gain/profit/loss
FINANCE to make or ​losemoney when you ​sell something: They're ​trading on an extremely ​short-termbasis 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-digitincrease in ​sales and ​return on ​capital.
realize assets
FINANCE to ​sellassets 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 ​fullfinancialpotential, ​firms need to ​retain the ​talent and ​know-how that made them ​successful in the first ​place.
(Definition of realize from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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