idol·​ize | \ ˈī-də-ˌlīz How to pronounce idolize (audio) \
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 idolizedThe Times Literary Supplement (London)

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Other Words from idolize

idolization \ ˌī-​də-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce idolization (audio) \ noun
idolizer \ ˈī-​də-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce idolizer (audio) \ 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 on the Web Like many kids in Hamburg, Arkansas (population: 2,662), Kavion Pippen grew up idolizing Bulls legend Scottie Pippen. Connor Letourneau,, "Scottie Pippen’s nephew looks to build his own legacy with Warriors," 8 Oct. 2019 The biggest homage to the films comes in the form of their star, Robert De Niro, playing a dapper late-night host whom Arthur idolizes. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Yes, Joker Is a Very Serious Drama. No, That’s Not a Compliment.," 2 Oct. 2019 Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale have a rich history of baseball that was part of the Segregation Era in which the Negro leagues thrived, and black players were idolized by their respective communities. Emmett Hall,, "Play Ball Exhibition bridges generations with baseball history," 18 Sep. 2019 Johnson idolizes Churchill and wrote a biography of him. Kevin Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, "British House of Commons passes bill seeking to avert no-deal Brexit, another blow to Boris Johnson," 4 Sep. 2019 In his youth, Costello idolized Andrew Luck, particularly during a Stanford career that saw Luck picking up big yardage on the ground and quite willing to take a hit. Bruce Jenkins,, "College football kicks off: Top stories to watch," 29 Aug. 2019 And many, including President Trump, idolize Jackson. Sue Mcmillin, The Denver Post, "McMillin: Stapleton will keep its tainted name, here’s how we can live with that decision," 27 Aug. 2019 Van Gogh idolized Jean-François Millet, the French artist who frequently painted peasant farmers. Susan Dunne,, "Tailor-made for Instagram, ‘Van Gogh for All’ exhibit lets you climb inside his most famous paintings," 20 Aug. 2019 Vikings rookie cornerback Kris Boyd grew up idolizing Aaron Rodgers. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings rookie Kris Boyd grew up idolizing Aaron Rodgers, but now wants to ‘get a pick’," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of idolize

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Idolize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce idolize (audio) \
idolized; idolizing

Kids Definition of idolize

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

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