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[ahy-dee-uh-lahyz] /aɪˈdi əˌlaɪz/

verb (used with object), idealized, idealizing.
to make ; represent in an form or character; exalt to an perfection or excellence.
verb (used without object), idealized, idealizing.
to represent something in an form.
to consider or represent (something) as ideal
(transitive) to portray as ideal; glorify
(intransitive) to form an ideal or ideals

1786, probably formed from ideal (adj.) + -ize. Related: Idealized; idealizing.


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