AskDefine | Define realization

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1 coming to understand something clearly and distinctly; "a growing realization of the risk involved"; "a sudden recognition of the problem he faced"; "increasing recognition that diabetes frequently coexists with other chronic diseases" [syn: realisation, recognition]
2 making real or giving the appearance of reality [syn: realisation, actualization, actualisation]
3 a musical composition that has been completed or enriched by someone other than the composer [syn: realisation]
4 a sale in order to obtain money (as a sale of stock or a sale of the estate of a bankrupt person) or the money so obtained [syn: realisation]
5 the completion or enrichment of a piece of music left sparsely notated by a composer [syn: realisation]
6 something that is made real or concrete; "the victory was the realization of a whole year's work" [syn: realisation, fruition]

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  1. The act of realizing; an act of figuring out or becoming aware.
    He came to the startling realization that he had never really known.
  2. The act of realizing; the act of making real.
    He did not stay around long enough to see the realization of the idea.
  3. The result of an artistic effort.
    The painter's realization of her concept was breathtaking.


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Realization or realisation might be:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accident, accomplished fact, accomplishment, achievement, actualization, alphabet, apparition, appearance, appearing, apperception, appreciation, appreciativeness, apprehension, arising, art, attainment, avatar, awareness, blueprint, bringing to fruition, carrying out, charactering, characterization, chart, choreography, closure, cognition, cognizance, coming, coming into being, coming to be, coming-forth, completion, comprehension, conception, consciousness, constitution, consummation, contingency, contingent, conventional representation, culmination, dance notation, delineation, demonstration, depiction, depictment, diagram, discharge, disclosure, dispatch, distinguishment, doing, drama, drawing, effectuation, emergence, epiphany, establishment, event, eventuality, eventuation, execution, exemplification, exposure, fait accompli, figuration, formation, forthcoming, foundation, fruition, fulfillment, hieroglyphic, iconography, identification, ideogram, illustration, imagery, imaging, implementation, inauguration, incarnation, inception, incidence, insight, installation, institution, issuance, letter, limning, logogram, logograph, manifestation, map, materialization, materializing, mindfulness, mission accomplished, musical notation, noesis, notation, note, notice, occurrence, opening, operation, organization, overproduction, perception, perfection, performance, pictogram, picturization, plan, portraiture, portrayal, prefigurement, presentation, presentment, printing, production, productiveness, projection, recognition, reidentification, rendering, rendition, representation, revelation, rise, rising, schema, score, script, sensibility, setting-up, showing, showing forth, success, syllabary, symbol, tablature, theophany, topping-off, understanding, unfolding, unfoldment, writing
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