ADV. fully | dimly She dimly realized that she was trembling. | suddenly | quickly, soon | now | for the first time I realized for the first time how difficult this would be. | at first The situation was more complicated than they had at first realized. | at last, belatedly, eventually, finally | never I never realized how much it meant to you.
VERB + REALIZE begin to, come to | make sb The experience made me realize that people did care. | seem to You don't seem to realize the seriousness of the situation. | fail to | be important to
PHRASES without realizing (sth) We are constantly using historic buildings, without even realizing it.