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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Johnson idolizes Churchill and wrote a biography of him. Kevin Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, "British House of Commons passes bill seeking to avert no-deal Brexit, another blow to Boris Johnson," 4 Sep. 2019 In his youth, Costello idolized Andrew Luck, particularly during a Stanford career that saw Luck picking up big yardage on the ground and quite willing to take a hit. Bruce Jenkins,, "College football kicks off: Top stories to watch," 29 Aug. 2019 And many, including President Trump, idolize Jackson. Sue Mcmillin, The Denver Post, "McMillin: Stapleton will keep its tainted name, here’s how we can live with that decision," 27 Aug. 2019 Van Gogh idolized Jean-François Millet, the French artist who frequently painted peasant farmers. Susan Dunne,, "Tailor-made for Instagram, ‘Van Gogh for All’ exhibit lets you climb inside his most famous paintings," 20 Aug. 2019 Vikings rookie cornerback Kris Boyd grew up idolizing Aaron Rodgers. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings rookie Kris Boyd grew up idolizing Aaron Rodgers, but now wants to ‘get a pick’," 13 Sep. 2019 Tony Gonsolin is a 25-year-old rookie who grew up idolizing Sabathia and the Yankees growing up in Northern California. Los Angeles Times, "Kenley Jansen notches save and Justin Turner homers in Dodgers’ win over Yankees," 24 Aug. 2019 Before Leaves of Grass, bards tended to idolize romantic tropes established by English poets such as William Wordsworth and Alfred Tennyson. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "In 1855, Walt Whitman published his own declaration of independence," 4 July 2019 Babitz is by no means someone to naïvely idolize; her stories illustrate the privilege afforded to attractive, white women, and her experiences of L.A. are certainly not representative of the entire city. The Atlantic, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of idolize

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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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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