Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To regard as ideal.
  • transitive v. To make or envision as ideal.
  • intransitive v. To render something as an ideal.
  • intransitive v. To conceive ideals or an ideal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To regard something as ideal.
  • v. To conceive or form an ideal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To form ideals.
  • transitive v. To make ideal; to consider as ideal; to give an ideal form or value to; to attribute ideal characteristics and excellences to.
  • transitive v. To treat in an ideal manner. See Idealization, 2.
  • transitive v. to form ideals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make ideal; give form to in accordance with any preconceived ideal; embody in an ideal form: as, to idealize a portrait.
  • To form ideals.
  • Also spelled idealise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. consider or render as ideal
  • v. form ideals

Etymologies

From ideal +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

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