Definition of unrealized in US English:


(British unrealised)


  • 1Not achieved or created.

    ‘an unrealized plan for a full-length novel’
    • ‘One of Worthers's unrealized goals is achieving three-star Michelin status.’
    • ‘Plans to create inter-regional federal courts went unrealized.’
    • ‘Alessandro Baricco's Lands of Glass is the story of the great, unrealised plans of two 19th century visionaries.’
    • ‘Aware of this still unrealised potential, the government is working to break any possibility of organised labour using a divisive pay structure.’
    • ‘But today, it feels like just that: an unfulfilled ambition, an unrealised dream.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These were real ‘flowers in the dustbin,’ turning Rotten's prophecy of ‘no future’ into a world of unrealized possibilities.’
    • ‘In the political realm, these attributes are latent potential - unrealized power to influence public policy.’
    • ‘These grand plans remain largely unrealized - so far.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has significant unrealised potential, possibly as a tourist focus.’
    • ‘Merely qualifying for the Olympia is a lifelong dream that goes unrealized for many.’
    • ‘The finale comes when Hammond and his team put Fawkes's unrealised plan to the test.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While the show's themes were traditional - fellowship, colleagues united against adversity, unfulfilled ambitions and unrealised romances - its style was revolutionary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The unrealized hopes and dreams of the loser are allowed to vanish forever.’
    • ‘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.’
    dormant, quiescent, inactive, untapped, unused
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    1. 1.1 Not converted into money.
      ‘unrealized property assets’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Alternatively, if unrealized and undervalued tax assets like tax credits and losses are on hand, a share purchase will be favoured.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Using the same 11.5% theft rate assumption, that's a whopping $55 billion in unrealized subscriber asset value throughout the industry.’
      • ‘But there was an announcement of the potential return of Development Land Tax (on unrealised gains on undeveloped land).’
      • ‘With over $5 billion in realized and unrealized losses, it's unlikely that new money invested in Mercury will dull its tax edge.’
      • ‘But if we are right on the analysis and willing to sit tight, we will eventually recover unrealized losses and make money.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As a member of the younger generation, I have no problem with the fabulous unrealised property gains made by older property speculators.’
      • ‘Second, unrealized gains of some assets could offset unrealized losses of others, resulting in no required write-off.’
      • ‘Through his suit, Johnson was attempting to recoup potentially millions in unrealized profits from Berry and his publishing company, Isalee Music.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is possible to use unrealized gains in financial assets (including derivative contracts) as collateral for further purchases.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’