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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·al·ize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Realized p. pr. & vb. n. Realizing ]
 1. To make real; to convert from the imaginary or fictitious into the actual; to bring into concrete existence; to effectuate; to accomplish; as, to realize a scheme or project.
    We realize what Archimedes had only in hypothesis, weighing a single grain against the globe of earth.   --Glanvill.
 2. To cause to seem real; to impress upon the mind as actual; to feel vividly or strongly; to make one's own in apprehension or experience.
    Many coincidences . . . soon begin to appear in them [Greek inscriptions] which realize ancient history to us.   --Jowett.
    We can not realize it in thought, that the object . . . had really no being at any past moment.   --Sir W. Hamilton.
 3. To convert into real property; to make real estate of; as, to realize his fortune.
 4. To acquire as an actual possession; to obtain as the result of plans and efforts; to gain; to get; as, to realize large profits from a speculation.
    Knighthood was not beyond the reach of any man who could by diligent thrift realize a good estate.   --Macaulay.
 5. To convert into actual money; as, to realize assets.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : successfully completed or brought to an end; "his mission
            accomplished he took a vacation"; "the completed
            project"; "the joy of a realized ambition overcame him"
            [syn: accomplished, completed, realised]