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1‘it took him a moment to realize what she meant’
register, perceive, discern, be aware of, become aware of, be aware of the fact that, become aware of the fact that, be conscious of, become conscious of, be conscious of the fact that, become conscious of the fact that, notice
understand, grasp, take in, comprehend, see, recognize, work out, fathom, fathom out, appreciate, ascertain, apprehend, be cognizant of, become cognizant of, know, conceive
see the light
informal latch on to, cotton on to, catch on to, tumble to, get, figure out, get a fix on, wrap one's mind around, get the message, get the picture, have an aha moment
British informal twig, suss
North American informal savvy
2‘he realized a 15-year dream by restoring the castle to its original glory’
fulfil, achieve, accomplish, make real, make a reality, make happen, make concrete, bring to fruition, bring about, bring off, consummate, perform, carry out, carry through, execute, actualize, effect
rare effectuate, reify
3‘he had been able to realize significant trading profits for his companies’
make, obtain, clear, acquire, gain, bring in, reap
earn, return, produce
4‘when the goods were put up for sale by auction, they realized £3000’
be sold for, sell for, fetch, go for, get, make, net
5‘he realized other assets and used the money to subsidize the business’
cash in, convert into cash
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