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Definition of "idealize" [i•de•al•ize]

  • To regard as ideal. (verb-transitive)
  • To make or envision as ideal. (verb-transitive)
  • To render something as an ideal. (verb-intransitive)
  • To conceive ideals or an ideal. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "idealize" in a sentence
  • "The aim of creative art is to idealize, that is, to portray nature and experience in perfect forms not with the imperfections of visible nature."
  • "The artist is said to "idealize" his subject when he represents it as a fairer, nobler, more perfect than it is in reality."
  • "Part of the reason we get disproportionately excited sometimes is because we tend to "idealize" a person in the very beginning."