Definitions for idealizeaɪˈdi əˌlaɪz
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
i•de•al•izeaɪˈdi əˌlaɪz(v.)-ized, -iz•ing.
(v.t.)to consider or represent as having qualities of ideal perfection or excellence.
to represent in an ideal form or character.
(v.i.)to represent something in an ideal form.
Origin of idealize:
consider or render as ideal
"She idealized her husband after his death"
"Man has always idealized"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to think sb or sth is perfect when they are not
She idealized her life with her former husband.
To regard something as ideal.
To conceive or form an ideal.
to make ideal; to give an ideal form or value to; to attribute ideal characteristics and excellences to; as, to idealize real life
to treat in an ideal manner. See Idealization, 2
to form ideals