A realization is the act of becoming completely aware of something. Many children who walk into a circus tent for the first time are struck with the realization that clowns are terrifying.

A realization is a gradual or sudden understanding or comprehension of something. Another way to use the word realization is to mean the fulfillment of something that was previously only imagined, like the realization of your dream of becoming a pastry chef, or the realization on stage of the play you scribbled on napkins and scraps of paper. Realization grew out of the French réaliser, “to make real.”

Definitions of realization
  1. noun

    coming to understand something clearly and distinctly

    “a growing
    realization of the risk involved”
    realisation, recognition
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    apprehension, discernment, savvy, understanding

    the cognitive condition of someone who understands

  2. noun

    making real or giving the appearance of reality

    actualisation, actualization, realisation
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    the act of representing an abstraction as a physical thing
    depersonalisation, depersonalization, reification

    representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality
    exteriorisation, exteriorization, externalisation, externalization

    embodying in an outward form
    hypostatisation, hypostatization, reification

    regarding something abstract as a material thing

    giving concrete form to an abstract concept
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    creating by mental acts

    the act of creating something by thinking

  3. noun

    something that is made real or concrete

    “the victory was the
    realization of a whole year’s work”
    fruition, realisation
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    the act of bringing to completion or fruition

  4. noun

    a musical composition that has been completed or enriched by someone other than the composer

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    composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music

    a musical work that has been created

  5. noun

    the completion or enrichment of a piece of music left sparsely notated by a composer

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    composing, composition

    musical creation

  6. noun

    a sale in order to obtain money (as a sale of stock or a sale of the estate of a bankrupt person) or the money so obtained

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    type of:

    cut-rate sale, sale, sales event

    an occasion (usually brief) for buying at specially reduced prices

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