UK [aɪˈdɪəlaɪz] / US [aɪˈdɪəˌlaɪz] verb [transitive]
Word forms "idealize":
present tense I/you/we/they idealize he/she/it idealizes present participle idealizing past tense idealized past participle idealized
to believe or suggest that someone or something is perfect or better than they really are

The book idealizes Gandhi.

Derived word:
UK [aɪˌdɪəlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n] / US [aɪˌdɪəlɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n] noun countable/uncountable
Word forms "idealization":
singular idealization plural idealizations

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  • idealize — (v.) 1786, probably formed from IDEAL (Cf. ideal) (adj.) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Idealized; idealizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • idealize — (Amer.) i de·al·ize || aɪ dɪəlaɪz v. make ideal; represent as the embodiment of perfection; view someone or something as ideal, romanticize (also idealise) …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • idealize — verb ( ized; izing) Date: 1786 intransitive verb 1. to form ideals 2. to work idealistically transitive verb 1. a. to give an ideal form or value to b. to attribute ideal characteristics to < tended to ideali …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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