realization noun

ADJ. full | dawning, growing | gradual | sudden | awful, terrible

VERB + REALIZATION come to He came to the realization that he would never make a good teacher.

REALIZATION + VERB come (to sb), dawn (on sb), hit sb The realization that the murderer must have been a close friend came as a shock. We saw the terrible realization of what she'd done dawn on her face.