idealize idealize  /aɪ ˈdi ˌlaɪz/


  1. (v) consider or render as ideal
  2. (v) form ideals



  1. Like steak-house owners trying to raise vegetarians, we idealize youth and sexiness but recoil if our young want to be sexy.
  2. It's a stand-in for what we idealize and desire yet fear and lack, for what we covet, crave, spurn, chase or follow.
  3. In the first sketch for Overflow, Helga is a thin, pretty, sleeping girl; the suggestive lines idealize her.



  1. "I think when you're young you tend to idealize the love relationship," the 65-year-old director says. "You're looking for the perfect combination. Unfortunately, I don't think that happens."
    on Jul 3, 2010 By: Taylor Hackford Source: Washington Post

  2. "We capitalized on the Soviet opportunities for too long. At a certain point they came to an end. We have lost the previous Soviet [sports] school, and we don't need to idealize it. It simply doesn't exist anymore," Medvedev said. "And yet we...
    on Mar 1, 2010 By: Dmitry Medvedev Source: RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

  3. "A lot of (other songwriters) idealize it, and I don't -- that's the difference," says Tyson, a multiple Juno winner and an inductee into both the Order of Canada and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. "A lot of the stuff you hear at...
    on Oct 29, 2008 By: Ian Tyson Source: Winnipeg Sun

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