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Meaning of IDEALIZE

Pronunciation:  I'deeu`lIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  form ideals; "Man has always idealized"
  2. [v]  consider or render as ideal; "She idealized her husband after his death"

IDEALIZE is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: idealise
 See Also: concoct, consider, deify, dream up, glamorize, glamourise, hatch, reckon, regard, romanticise, romanticize, see, think of, think up, view



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \I*de"al*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Idealized}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Idealizing}.]
    1. To make ideal; to give an ideal form or value to; to
       attribute ideal characteristics and excellences to; as, to
       idealize real life.
    2. (Fine Arts) To treat in an ideal manner. See
       {Idealization}, 2.
  2. \I*de"al*ize\, v. i. [Cf. F. id['e]aliser.]
    To form ideals.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: apotheosize, deify, dematerialize, disembody, disincarnate, elevate, ennoble, etherealize, exaggerate, exalt, glorify, immaterialize, overappraise, overassess, overcalculate, overcount, overesteem, overestimate, overmeasure, overprize, overrate, overreact to, overreckon, overstate, overvalue, quixotize, rhapsodize, romance, romanticize, spiritize, spiritualize, unsubstantialize, utopianize, worship