Definition of idolize
: to worship as a god; broadly : to love or admire to excess the common people whom he so idolized — The Times Literary Supplement (London)
: to practice idolatry
idolizationplay \ˌī-də-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
idolizerplay \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
Recent Examples of idolize from the Web
His kids grew up idolizing their neighbor, while dad wooed him on behalf of the Cowboys.
As a young man growing up in a racing family, Tyler Gaffalione idolized jockey Jerry Bailey.
Putin hung onto the old system and idolized the strength of the Soviet state.
And our culture isn't not done exclusively idolizing thin body types, either.
Last year, a boardwalk guest worker who grew up idolizing LeBron James drove from Point Pleasant Beach to Cleveland, scored an NBA Finals nosebleed seat and made it back in time for his shift.
Idolizing his fellow Canadian, the ABC news presenter Peter Jennings, Brûlé aspired to be an anchorman himself, and in his early twenties worked in London for the BBC.
His name was everywhere: on posters, buttons, souvenir books, T-shirts, hats, and homemade clothes that proclaimed with personal touches, admiration for a man idolized by millions.
Payton idolized him and sometimes called him dad, Lorenz said.
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First Known Use of idolize
IDOLIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of idolize for English Language Learners
: to love or admire (someone) very much or too much
IDOLIZE Defined for Kids
Definition of idolize for Students
: to love or admire greatly : make an idol of The boy idolized his father.
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