Meaning of realise


When you realise something, it becomes clear to you. Brits spell this word with an “s,” while Americans will replace the “s” with a “z.” We hope you realise this difference if you are editing a Brit’s writing.

All the meanings of realise amount to making something “real” in some way. If you realise a plan, you make it happen. If you realise a fact, you see its truth. If you realise the seriousness of a situation, you become aware of its dangers. Since this word was originally borrowed from the French réaliser (meaning “make real”), we can understand why the Brits spell it r-e-a-l-i-s-e with an “s.”

Definitions of realise
  1. verb

    be fully aware or cognizant of


    agnise, agnize, realize, recognise, recognize

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    know the nature or character of
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    cognise, cognize, know

    be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about

  2. verb

    perceive (an idea or situation) mentally


    realize, see, understand

    envision, fancy, figure, image, picture, project, see, visualise, visualize

    imagine; conceive of; see in one’s mind

    see and understand, have a good eye
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    become conscious of
    appreciate, take account

    be fully aware of; realize fully
    sense, smell, smell out

    become aware of not through the senses but instinctively

  3. verb

    make real or concrete; give reality or substance to


    actualise, actualize, realize, substantiate

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    make concrete and real

    manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait)
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    create, make

    make or cause to be or to become

  4. verb

    earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages


    bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realize, take in


    act in a certain way so as to acquire
    clear, net, sack, sack up

    make as a net profit
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    eke out, squeeze out

    make by laborious and precarious means
    profit, turn a profit

    make a profit; gain money or materially
    rake off

    take money from an illegal transaction
    bring home, take home

    earn as a salary or wage
    rake in, shovel in

    earn large sums of money

    earn before taxes, expenses, etc.
    bear, pay, yield

    bring in
    line one’s pockets

    make a lot of money
    turn a nice dime, turn a nice dollar, turn a nice penny

    make a satisfactory profit
    clean up

    make a big profit; often in a short period of time
    clear, net

    yield as a net profit
    pay off

    yield a profit or result
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    acquire, get

    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

  5. verb

    convert into cash; of goods and property



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    exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent

  6. verb

    expand or complete (a part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass



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    harmonise, harmonize

    write a harmony for

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