Meaning of REALIZE in English


1. to notice or understand something that you did not notice or understand before


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1. to notice or understand something that you did not notice or understand before

▷ realize also realise British /ˈrɪəlaɪz/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

▪ Tim only realized his mistake the next day.

▪ Without realising it, we had gone the wrong way.

▪ Oh, is that your chair? Sorry, I didn’t realize.

realize (that)

▪ She woke up and realised that there was someone moving around downstairs.

▷ occur to /əˈkɜːʳ tuː/ [transitive phrasal verb]

if something occurs to you, you suddenly realize that it might be true, especially when you had been thinking something completely different before :

it occurs to somebody (that)

▪ It suddenly occurred to me that maybe she was lying.

▪ Didn’t it ever occur to you that they would probably like to be alone together?

▷ become aware /bɪˌkʌm əˈweəʳ/ [verb phrase]

to slowly realize something, especially over a fairly long period of time :

become aware of

▪ I was slowly becoming aware of how much Melissa was suffering.

become aware that

▪ He became aware that the man sitting opposite was staring at him intently.

▷ sink in /ˌsɪŋk ˈɪn/ [intransitive phrasal verb]

if a fact or someone’s words sink in, you gradually realize their full meaning :

▪ The news of the President’s assassination had only just begun to sink in.

▪ Winning this tournament means so much to me. It hasn’t really sunk in yet.

▷ dawn on /ˈdɔːn ɒn/ [transitive phrasal verb]

if a fact dawns on you, you slowly start to realize it, especially when you should have realized it before :

▪ The awful truth only dawned on me later.

it dawns on somebody that

▪ It slowly dawned on her that they were all making fun of her.

it dawns on somebody how/why etc

▪ It didn’t dawn on me how seriously injured I was until I got to the hospital.

▷ strike /straɪk/ [transitive verb not in progressive]

if an idea or thought strikes you, you suddenly realize something :

it strikes somebody (that)

▪ It struck her one day, when she was walking home from school, that she hadn’t thought about her weight for over a month.

▪ It just struck me - you must have been in the same class as my brother.

▷ hit /hɪt/ [transitive verb not in progressive]

if a fact hits you, you suddenly realize its importance or its full meaning and you feel shocked :

▪ The full impact of what he’d said hit me a few hours later.

it hits somebody

▪ Suddenly it hit me. He was trying to ask me to marry him.

▷ wake up to the fact that /ˌweɪk ʌp tə ðə ˈfækt ðət/ [verb phrase]

to begin to fully realize and understand something, especially after you have avoided thinking about it because it is unpleasant or it makes you feel uncomfortable :

▪ How long will it be before people wake up to the fact that anyone can catch AIDS.

▪ The speaker warned that we must ‘wake up to the fact that we are in a tough competitive market’.

▷ it clicked /ɪt ˈklɪkt/ spoken

say this when you suddenly realize something that makes a subject or situation easy to understand :

▪ Then it clicked. The man at the station must have been her brother!

it clicked what/how/where etc

▪ Finally it clicked what all the fuss had been about.

▷ bring something home to /ˌbrɪŋ something ˈhəʊm tuː/ [verb phrase]

to make someone realize how serious, difficult, or dangerous something is :

▪ This is the last place you would expect there to be a murder. It just brings it home to you that this kind of thing can happen anywhere.

▪ It often takes something like a heart attack to bring home to people the danger of smoking.

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