Definition of unrealized in English:


(also unrealised)


  • 1Not achieved or created.

    ‘an unrealized dream’
    • ‘In the political realm, these attributes are latent potential - unrealized power to influence public policy.’
    • ‘Alessandro Baricco's Lands of Glass is the story of the great, unrealised plans of two 19th century visionaries.’
    • ‘While the L-shaped arms of the sculpture began as elements of an unrealized house plan, the title phrase was lifted from the closing lines of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake.’
    • ‘It has significant unrealised potential, possibly as a tourist focus.’
    • ‘Plans to create inter-regional federal courts went unrealized.’
    • ‘One of Worthers's unrealized goals is achieving three-star Michelin status.’
    • ‘Apologies to Plato, but the idea alone of a great painting is not ultimately worthy of attention; and a great painting hidden in an attic can only represent unrealized potential.’
    • ‘Aware of this still unrealised potential, the government is working to break any possibility of organised labour using a divisive pay structure.’
    • ‘While the show's themes were traditional - fellowship, colleagues united against adversity, unfulfilled ambitions and unrealised romances - its style was revolutionary.’
    • ‘These grand plans remain largely unrealized - so far.’
    • ‘Merely qualifying for the Olympia is a lifelong dream that goes unrealized for many.’
    • ‘By forcing the internet to be accessible to everyone, there is a risk that we are levelling it down, reducing its potential to suit many competing, latent, unrealised needs.’
    • ‘The unrealized hopes and dreams of the loser are allowed to vanish forever.’
    • ‘The film works on several levels: an inspiring tale of the underdog, a warm and sympathetic love story, and a dramatic story of unrealized dreams and potential all wrapped into one.’
    • ‘But today, it feels like just that: an unfulfilled ambition, an unrealised dream.’
    • ‘As for Italy, though Mehmed sent an invasion force to southern Italy in 1480, he died the following year with his dream of conquering Rome unrealised.’
    • ‘However tentative these gestures, however unrealized the ambition to create a new European and a new international order, the end of the cold war forced such questions on to the agenda.’
    • ‘The finale comes when Hammond and his team put Fawkes's unrealised plan to the test.’
    • ‘These were real ‘flowers in the dustbin,’ turning Rotten's prophecy of ‘no future’ into a world of unrealized possibilities.’
    • ‘For one thing, parents who had yearned to do a particular course, but who had not been able to do so for one reason or another, often tried to make their children take the course and fulfil unrealised dreams.’
    dormant, quiescent, inactive, untapped, unused
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  • 2Not converted into money.

    ‘unrealized property assets’
    • ‘Domestic markets in Europe suffer from a misallocation of resources that lowers consumption and standards of living, wastes human talents, and leaves many potential productivity gains unrealized.’
    • ‘Alternatively, if unrealized and undervalued tax assets like tax credits and losses are on hand, a share purchase will be favoured.’
    • ‘Through his suit, Johnson was attempting to recoup potentially millions in unrealized profits from Berry and his publishing company, Isalee Music.’
    • ‘With over $5 billion in realized and unrealized losses, it's unlikely that new money invested in Mercury will dull its tax edge.’
    • ‘But there was an announcement of the potential return of Development Land Tax (on unrealised gains on undeveloped land).’
    • ‘Alternatively, it is argued that a compensation order under section 204.3 of the BIA, following a conviction of Mr. Cogan for a bankruptcy offence, could constitute an unrealized asset.’
    • ‘Using the same 11.5% theft rate assumption, that's a whopping $55 billion in unrealized subscriber asset value throughout the industry.’
    • ‘For example, the unrealized loss on the value of a current asset could be completely offset by an unrealized gain on a non-current asset.’
    • ‘Another technique involved the upward revaluation to estimated fair market value of any long-term assets, such as land, and the recording of unrealised holding gains, which also diminished deficits.’
    • ‘On the back of hefty unrealised profits in their property and stock holdings, Japanese banks boosted their global operations, thinking the expansion could last forever.’
    • ‘But if we are right on the analysis and willing to sit tight, we will eventually recover unrealized losses and make money.’
    • ‘As a member of the younger generation, I have no problem with the fabulous unrealised property gains made by older property speculators.’
    • ‘It is possible to use unrealized gains in financial assets (including derivative contracts) as collateral for further purchases.’
    • ‘So at the top of the balance sheet the assets are recorded at market value - not at cost, at market value - and then in an asset revaluation reserve the unrealised gain is recorded.’
    • ‘Second, unrealized gains of some assets could offset unrealized losses of others, resulting in no required write-off.’