v. i·de·al·ized, i·de·al·iz·ing, i·de·al·iz·es
To regard or represent as ideal: students who idealize their professors; a book that idealizes rustic living.
To regard or represent something as ideal.
i·de′al·i·zation (-ə-lĭ-zāshən) n.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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