idolize

verb idol·ize \ ˈī-də-ˌlīz \
|Updated on: 8 Jun 2018

Definition of idolize

idolized; idolizing
: 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

idolization

play \ˌī-də-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

idolizer

play \ˈī-də-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of idolize in a Sentence

  1. an actor who is idolized by millions

  2. she blindly idolized her older sister, refusing to acknowledge her considerable faults

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First Known Use of idolize

1598

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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IDOLIZE Defined for English Language Learners

idolize

Definition of idolize for English Language Learners

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


IDOLIZE Defined for Kids

idolize

verb idol·ize \ ˈī-də-ˌlīz \

Definition of idolize for Students

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


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