idolize


idol·ize

verb \ˈī-də-ˌlīz\

: to love or admire (someone) very much or too much

idol·izedidol·iz·ing

Full Definition of IDOLIZE

transitive verb
:  to worship as a god; broadly :  to love or admire to excess <the common people whom he so idolizedTimes Literary Supplement>
intransitive verb
:  to practice idolatry
idol·i·za·tion \ˌī-də-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
idol·iz·er \ˈī-də-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of IDOLIZE

  1. an actor who is idolized by millions
  2. <she blindly idolized her older sister, refusing to acknowledge her considerable faults>

First Known Use of IDOLIZE

1598

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