WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: realize, recognizeIf you realize a fact, you know and understand it, or begin to understand it• Do you realize how dangerous this is? • I realized that the job was going to take longer than I thought.If you recognize a fact or problem, you accept that it exists• We recognize that many students need extra help. • The government does not recognize the need for more funding.!! Realize is not followed by 'about' or 'of'• She already had a boyfriend, but I didn't realize this (NOT didn't realize about this). ➔ See alsorealize
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.