Definition of idealize in English:

idealize

(also idealise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Regard or represent as perfect or better than in reality.

    ‘Helen's idealized accounts of their life together’
    • ‘It seems that many people living in the West still live in the simple, polarized westerns of their simpler, more idealized childhoods.’
    • ‘Of course we do think first of the King, the magnificent monarch of a glorified or idealized medieval realm.’
    • ‘They created idealized hierarchies that favored their own group over others.’
    • ‘On the one hand, there are idealized good men like her father and Palmer.’
    • ‘He does his best here to present Richard and Elise as idealized lovers caught up in a classical tragic romance.’
    • ‘The film is narrated collectively by a group of neighborhood boys, now older, who idolized and idealized the five girls.’
    • ‘However, it is quite possible that there exist idealized solutions that do not lie close, in any sense, to non-idealized ones.’
    • ‘The competitive environment, idealized in perfect competition, represents the most efficient structure.’
    • ‘Even the weather is idealized in consistently sunny, warm conditions, unlike typical mountain weather.’
    • ‘The political culture that is idealized in the writings of Plato and Aristotle is not cosmopolitan.’
    • ‘She was idealized as a martyr's daughter and a symbol of Palestine.’
    • ‘Moral values at the national level are idealized family values projected onto the nation.’
    • ‘Transformational leaders, on the other hand, tend to be idealized, and oriented to change.’
    • ‘Continuing to measure idealized final outcomes will not enable us to answer these questions.’
    • ‘So, growing up, I knew that the Hollywood depiction of Indian life was rather idealized.’
    • ‘Yet the villagers are not idealized, but portrayed with all their faults and petty hostilities.’
    • ‘His trademark are idealized women with extremely tall and slender bodies.’
    • ‘The portrait is idealized on so many different levels it would be difficult to enumerate them.’
    • ‘They give idealized realizations of my work in the string quartet medium.’
    • ‘Naturalism was one aspect of the wider artifice that expressed the known and unknown world through enhanced, idealized reality.’
    romanticize, romance, be unrealistic about, look at something through rose-coloured spectacles, look at something through rose-tinted spectacles, paint a rosy picture of, glamorize
    idolize, apotheosize, deify
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Pronunciation:

idealize

/ʌɪˈdiːəlʌɪz/