verb (used with object), i·de·al·ized, i·de·al·iz·ing.
- to make ideal; represent in an ideal form or character; exalt to an ideal perfection or excellence.
verb (used without object), i·de·al·ized, i·de·al·iz·ing.
- to represent something in an ideal form.
- to consider or represent (something) as ideal
- (tr) to portray as ideal; glorify
- (intr) to form an ideal or ideals
1786, probably formed from ideal (adj.) + -ize. Related: Idealized; idealizing.