1. the making or being made real of something imagined, planned, etc.
  2. the result of such a process: The new church was the realization of a ten-year dream.
  3. the act of realizing or the state of being realized.
  4. an instance or result of realizing.
  5. Music.
    1. the act of realizing a figured bass.
    2. a printed score of a realized figured bass.

1610s, “action of making real,” from realize + -ation. Meaning “action of forming a clear concept” is from 1828. Related: Realizational.

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