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

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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

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Newcomer Davis leads the dark comedy as the titular character, a member of the Hitler Youth who idolizes the Nazi party (and Hitler) during World War II. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Taika Waititi lampoons Nazi allegiance in new Jojo Rabbit trailer," 3 Sep. 2019 The idea that women should be idolized for acting as antisocial as men derives from both the juvenile cynicism of the publishing industry and the ethical indifference of political activists. Armond White, National Review, "The Kitchen Is a Berserk, Female-Revenge Fantasy — and a Bad Movie," 9 Aug. 2019 His grandfather and father were Yankees fans, a big reason Joe idolized Derek Jeter. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Joe Panik’s next stop? Big Apple makes sense," 8 Aug. 2019 These were the lesbians who liked to dance and who idolized Bette Midler; the other lesbians, who hosted potlucks and listened to women’s music, lived across the river, in Cambridge and Somerville. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Coming Out, and Rising Up, in the Fifty Years After Stonewall," 28 June 2019 Children are less inclined to blame themselves, or to idolize their birthparents and demonize their adoptive parents. Nikita Stewart, New York Times, "They Lost Custody. Should They Still Be Able to See Their Children?," 7 Aug. 2019 Her admirers were countless — from fellow authors, college students and working people to Barack Obama, who awarded her a Presidential Medal of Freedom; to Oprah Winfrey, who idolized Morrison and helped greatly expand her readership. Hillel Italie, The Denver Post, "Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88," 6 Aug. 2019 Her admirers were countless — from fellow authors, college students and working people to Barack Obama, who awarded her a Presidential Medal of Freedom; to Oprah Winfrey, who idolized Morrison and helped greatly expand her readership. Hillel Italie, Fortune, "Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Dies at 88," 6 Aug. 2019 Her admirers were countless – from fellow authors, college students, and working people to Mr. Obama and fellow former President Bill Clinton; to Oprah Winfrey, who idolized Ms. Morrison and helped greatly expand her readership. Hillel Italie, The Christian Science Monitor, "Author Toni Morrison remembered for her 'visionary force'," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of idolize

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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Dictionary Entries near idolize

idolatry

idolism

idolist

idolize

idolo-

idololatry

idol shepherd

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The first known use of idolize was in 1598

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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.

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