Meaning of IDEALIZE in English

IDEALIZE

v.

Pronunciation: ī - ' d ē -( ə -) ˌ l ī z

Function: verb

Inflected Form: -ized ; -iz · ing

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 idealize her teachers>

2 : to treat idealistically <portraitists who idealize their subjects>

– ide · al · i · za · tion \ - ˌ d ē -( ə -)l ə - ' z ā -sh ə n \ noun

– ide · al · iz · er \ - ' d ē -( ə -) ˌ l ī -z ə r \ noun

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