idolize

verb
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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Growing up in Nashville, Witherspoon idolized Tennessee native Dolly Parton, and dreamed of becoming an entertainer in her own right. Maria Ward, Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Reese Witherspoon," 10 Jan. 2019 Growing up in New York and Florida, Ms. Osaka idolized Ms. Williams. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Serena Williams’s Time Out," 12 Sep. 2018 Henry, who played college ball at Boise State, grew up idolizing Seattle offensive linemen such as Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson. Alexa Philippou, The Seattle Times, "Former Bellevue High lineman Marcus Henry strives to become a Seahawk," 30 July 2018 But as the Kardashians’ critics point out, the glorification of Kim’s skinniness and the joking about anorexia are dangerous viewpoints to share in front of the young people who idolize the sisters. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Kardashian’s sisters said she looked anorexic. She took it as a compliment.," 3 Aug. 2018 John Travolta, who idolized Cagney, called every Father’s Day and made several visits by flying his own plane. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Hollywood 'gangster' James Cagney preferred life on a farm over Hollywood," 20 July 2018 But his young son Cristiano Jr. hilariously and adorably idolizes Messi. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Be careful how you answer," 14 June 2018 Osaka had never faced Williams before, but -- like so many players of her generation -- had grown up idolizing the American. Sandy Thin, CNN, "Naomi Osaka sweeps aside idol Serena Williams in Miami Open," 22 Mar. 2018 Those aesthetics have long been idolized in China by painters and poets. Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, "The Hidden Power of Orchids," 14 Apr. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'idolize.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of idolize

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about idolize

Dictionary Entries near idolize

idolatry

idolism

idolist

idolize

idolo-

idololatry

idol shepherd

Statistics for idolize

Last Updated

2 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for idolize

The first known use of idolize was in 1598

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for idolize

idolize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of idolize

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

idolize

verb
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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on idolize

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for idolize

Spanish Central: Translation of idolize

Nglish: Translation of idolize for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of idolize for Arabic Speakers

Comments on idolize

What made you want to look up idolize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to boil down or concentrate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!