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 idolized The Times Literary Supplement (London)

intransitive verb

: to practice idolatry

Other Words from idolize

idolization \ ˌī-​də-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce idolize (audio) \ noun
idolizer \ ˈī-​də-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce idolize (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 Treat church leaders at all levels as respected persons, but do not idolize them. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Jan. 2022 Despite the popularity of Manchester United in Norway, the young Bøe Risa was not one to follow soccer on television or idolize any of the players. Asif Burhan, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 In July, analysts with the country’s intelligence services warned that a decade after the 2011 attack, there are young men and boys who idolize the gunman. New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021 In an industry obsessed with physical appearances and beauty standards that idolize able-bodiedness, prejudice -- though not always as blatant as that recounted by Snell -- has always been part of the casting process. Lottie Jackson, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 Spurs guard Lonnie Walker did not only idolize James. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Oct. 2021 Because of her lies, my siblings idolize our mother and loathe him. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 24 Oct. 2021 Only when the industry giants begin to put their mental and physical well-being first will the people who work for them and idolize them fully embrace this new model. Gergo Vari, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 In the show, the Indian diaspora in the US is shown to idolize marrying in one’s own culture (read: caste). Anmol Dutta, Quartz, 18 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of idolize

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Idolize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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