idealize (Amer.) i'de·al·ize || 'aɪ'dɪəlaɪz v. make ideal; represent as the embodiment of perfection; view someone or something as ideal, romanticize (also idealise)

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  • Idealize — I*de al*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Idealized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Idealizing}.] 1. To make ideal; to consider as ideal; to give an ideal form or value to; to attribute ideal characteristics and excellences to; as, to idealize real life. [WordNet… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Idealize — I*de al*ize, v. i. [Cf. F. id[ e]aliser.] To form ideals. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • idealize — index magnify Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • idealize — (v.) 1786, probably formed from IDEAL (Cf. ideal) (adj.) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Idealized; idealizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • idealize — (also idealise) ► VERB ▪ regard or represent as perfect or better than in reality. DERIVATIVES idealization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • idealize — [ī dē′əl īz΄] vt. idealized, idealizing to make ideal; think of or represent as ideal; regard or show as perfect or more nearly perfect than is true vi. 1. to form an ideal or ideals 2. to represent things in the manner of an idealist… …   English World dictionary

  • idealize — verb ( ized; izing) Date: 1786 intransitive verb 1. to form ideals 2. to work idealistically transitive verb 1. a. to give an ideal form or value to b. to attribute ideal characteristics to < tended to ideali …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • idealize — [[t]aɪdi͟ːəlaɪz[/t]] idealizes, idealizing, idealized VERB If you idealize something or someone, you think of them, or represent them to other people, as being perfect or much better than they really are. [V n] People idealize the past... [V n] I …   English dictionary

  • idealize — UK [aɪˈdɪəlaɪz] / US [aɪˈdɪəˌlaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms idealize : present tense I/you/we/they idealize he/she/it idealizes present participle idealizing past tense idealized past participle idealized to believe or suggest that someone or …   English dictionary

  • idealize — ide·al·ize or chiefly Brit ide·al·ise ī dē (ə ).līz vt, ized or chiefly Brit ised; iz·ing or chiefly Brit is·ing to give ideal form or value to: attribute ideal characteristics of excellence to <constantly shifting moods and a tendency to… …   Medical dictionary

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