Meaning of IDEALIZE in English


(ˈ)ī|dē(ə)ˌlīz, -diəˌl- sometimes ˈī_dēəˌl- or ˈī_diəˌl- verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Usage: see -ize

Etymology: probably from German idealisieren, from ideal + -isieren -ize

transitive verb

1. : to make ideal : give an ideal form or value to : attribute ideal characteristics and excellences to

tended to idealize her friends

2. : to treat (an artistic subject) idealistically

intransitive verb

1. : to form ideals

2. : to work idealistically

• ide·al·iz·er -zə(r) noun -s

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