Usage note
This word may also be spelled “realise.”
transitive verb
1. (to become aware of) 
I have just realized how lucky we were.Me acabo de dar cuenta de la suerte que tuvimos.
2. (to be aware of) 
a. saber 
I realize it takes a lot of time.Sé que lleva mucho tiempo.
b. reconocer 
We realize how hard this must be and we are very sorry.Reconocemos lo difícil que esto debe de ser, y lo sentimos mucho.
3. (to carry out) 
He'll never realize his potential in that job.Nunca podrá desarrollar su potencial en el trabajo que tiene.
b. realizar 
You can raise the funds to realize your project.Puedes reunir los fondos para realizar tu proyecto.
4. (to convert into money) 
a. realizar 
We realized the assets when we broke up our partnership.Realizamos los activos tras la disolución de nuestra sociedad.
5. (to produce) 
a. producir 
The sale of his estate realized $2.5 million.La venta de la herencia produjo 2.5 millones de dólares.
transitive verb
1. (become aware of) 
a. darse cuenta de 
I realize he's busy, but…ya sé que está ocupado, pero…
2. (ambition, dream) 
a. realizar 
our fears were realizednuestros temores se vieron confirmados
realize [ˈrɪəlaɪz]
transitive verb
1 (comprehend, become aware of) darse cuenta de
he realized his mistake and went back se dio cuenta de su error y volvió
manufacturers have yet to realise the potential of this product I can't take the responsibility, surely you realize that? as soon as we realised something was wrong, we moved the children away once they realised their mistake the phone was reconnected again to realize [why]/[how]/[what] ...
once I realized how it was done una vez que caí en la cuenta de cómo se hacía; then I realized what had happened entonces me di cuenta de lo que había pasado; entonces comprendí lo que había pasado
people don't realize how serious this recession has actually been only now is he beginning to realise how ill he was
to realize that darse cuenta de que; comprender que; I began to realize that it would be impossible empecé a darme cuenta de que sería imposible; empecé a comprender que sería imposible
2 (know) darse cuenta de
without realizing it sin darse cuenta; I realize it's difficult, but ... (ya) sé que es difícil, pero ...; comprendo or entiendo que es difícil, pero ...; yes, I realize that! ¡sí, ya me doy cuenta!; ¡sí, ya me hago cargo!
"that's my brother" - "oh, I hadn't realized" I realize it's too late, but ... she had not realized that he was serious does he realize the problems? the committee realizes the gravity of the situation
do you realize what you've done? ¿te das cuenta de lo que has hecho?
3 (carry out) [+plan] llevar a cabo
the quality of the book is brilliantly realised on stage various textile techniques will be explored to realise design possibilities little houses which prevent a developer from realising his grand design for a site
my worst fears were realized mis mayores temores se hicieron realidad; to realize one's hopes/ambitions hacer realidad sus esperanzas/ambiciones
not all students will realise their ambition to work for top firms those are our hopes - we are starting this clinical trial to investigate whether those hopes will be realised a new South Africa in which the democratic hopes of people of all races could be realised
to realize one's potential desarrollar al máximo su potencial
the support systems to enable women to realize their potential at work are seriously inadequate I think probably that the laser has not realised the potential that was expected of it in that domain a loose framework in which men and women can realise their possibilities
4 (Comm) (convert into cash) [+assets] realizar; (produce) [+profit] producir; [+savings] hacer
the sale of the house realized £250,000 la venta de la casa generó 250.000 libras
this table realized £800 in the present financial climate, some universities might be tempted to realise their assets liquidation would have realized more than *3"60 a share for stockholders a selection of correspondence from P G Wodehouse realised £1,232 savings of up to 50% can be realized General Foods expects to realize productivity savings of more than $400 million
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