idol·​ize | \ˈī-də-ˌlīz \
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

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Other Words from idolize

idolization \ˌī-​də-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun
idolizer \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

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Beer grew up idolizing Chipper Jones — of little surprise considering his Georgia roots. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros select Clemson's Seth Beer with the 28th pick in MLB Draft," 4 June 2018 To see them idolizing me like that was really overwhelming and humbling. Kathy Boccella,, "Downingtown girl who raised millions for malaria nets treated as hero in Taiwan," 30 June 2018 Both young Canadians had grown up idolizing players like Nadal, and Auger-Aliassime had a poster of the legend hanging in his basement. Chloé Cooper Jones, GQ, "Denis Shapovalov Is the Thrilling, Gutsy Teen of Tennis," 25 May 2018 In the book, Plum makes a living by answering letters to Kitty, Daisy Chain’s glamorous editor, from confused teenage girls all over the country who idolize her. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Marti Noxon Wants to Put Angry Women on TV," 15 May 2018 Livers grew up in Michigan idolizing Tigers centerfielder Curtis Granderson. Greg Bishop,, "Anatomy of a Buzzer Beater: Inside Jordan Poole's Miracle Shot," 22 Mar. 2018 Little boys by nature, look up to and idolize their old man. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Lauren Hashian Shares Sweet Tribute for Boyfriend Dwayne Johnson on Father's Day: 'Our Protector'," 18 June 2018 George grew to idolize his oldest half-brother, Lawrence, a dashing military man who fought for the British in the West Indies. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "How not being a father made George Washington the father of his country," 16 June 2018 Atman Balakrishnan has an obvious spelling bee role model to idolize: His dad Balu Natarajan, who won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 1985. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "His dad won the National Spelling Bee in 1985. Now, he's competing for the 2018 title," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of idolize

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of idolize was in 1598

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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 \
idolized; idolizing

Kids Definition of idolize

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

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