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 Many of the athletes he's counseled are African American men who are idolized for their grace, speed and strength. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This veteran sports psychologist has worked with the Packers and Bucks. Now he's speaking up about racism," 16 July 2019 McGlinchey, a second-year player who starts at right tackle, grew up idolizing Ryan. Paul Newberry,, "Cousin showdown: Matt Ryan, Mike McGlinchey meet for 1st time in NFL," 12 Dec. 2019 Kuma’s aversion to idolizing architects is a paradox. Margaret Rhodes, Fortune, "The Most Important Attribute for Architects in the Modern Age," 10 Dec. 2019 Those conversations also show Lion was involved in the Furry community, a subculture that idolizes anthropomorphic animals, essentially animals depicted with human characteristics. Tyler Eagle, Detroit Free Press, "Monroe police shooting suspect Simba Lion in critical condition," 21 Nov. 2019 After idolizing Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant growing up, George had always dreamed of playing in the same venue albeit in a Clippers uniform. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Clippers' Paul George chalks up his strong play to 'new shoulders'," 17 Nov. 2019 So many hyper-ambitious American men obnoxiously make this same self-comparison and idolize Gatsby, without perhaps remembering the ignoble end that character met. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "The Profane Originality of Robert Evans, Hollywood's Most Unapologetic Gatsby," 2 Nov. 2019 There have been more popular people, and more revered and idolized. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Could we all be more like Charles Barkley?," 27 Sep. 2019 Needy, of course, idolizes her glamorous friend, but there's also a hint of worry whenever Jennifer mentions Chip. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Horror film Jennifer’s Body bombed 10 years ago; now it’s a cult classic," 21 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of idolize

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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5 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Idolize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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