idol·ize | \ ˈī-də-ˌlīz \
idolized; idolizing

Definition of idolize 

transitive verb

: to worship as a god broadly : to love or admire to excess the common people whom he so idolized The Times Literary Supplement (London)

intransitive verb

: to practice idolatry

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Other words from idolize

idolization \ˌī-də-lə-ˈzā-shən \ noun
idolizer \ˈī-də-ˌlī-zər \ noun

Examples of idolize in a Sentence

an actor who is idolized by millions she blindly idolized her older sister, refusing to acknowledge her considerable faults

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Little boys by nature, look up to and idolize their old man. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Lauren Hashian Shares Sweet Tribute for Boyfriend Dwayne Johnson on Father's Day: 'Our Protector'," 18 June 2018 George grew to idolize his oldest half-brother, Lawrence, a dashing military man who fought for the British in the West Indies. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "How not being a father made George Washington the father of his country," 16 June 2018 Atman Balakrishnan has an obvious spelling bee role model to idolize: His dad Balu Natarajan, who won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 1985. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "His dad won the National Spelling Bee in 1985. Now, he's competing for the 2018 title," 29 May 2018 That kid saw Luke — the dreamer who became a Jedi knight, fought for good against evil, and believed his father could be redeemed — as the character to idolize. T.j. Furman,, "Han Solo or Luke Skywalker? This 'Star Wars' fan made his choice a long time ago," 21 May 2018 Uniqlo is tapping into the desires of the many, many people who idolize Federer. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Roger Federer Officially Leaves Nike for Uniqlo," 2 July 2018 There's something kind of funny and satisfying about idolizing the right kind of con at a time when so much of our daily despair is caused by the wrong kind of con. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Everything You Need to Know About the Summer of Scam," 19 June 2018 On The Mount Carmel Campus Growing up, Lahey didn’t know any doctors or lawyers. In his working-class Bronx neighborhood, Lahey idolized firemen and police officers. Alison Kuznitz,, "A Visionary Leader, President John Lahey Casts His Final Shadow On Quinnipiac University," 2 July 2018 To fans who have idolized her and can't easily access her music, a makeup collection is another way to engage with her memory and share it with others. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "What the M.A.C. x Aaliyah Collection Says About the Legacy of Celebrity Beauty," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of idolize

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of idolize

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


idol·ize | \ ˈī-də-ˌlīz \
idolized; idolizing

Kids Definition of idolize

: to love or admire greatly : make an idol of The boy idolized his father.

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