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 idolizedThe Times Literary Supplement (London)

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Born in Capljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, a town of 28,000 just across the Croatian border, Bender grew up idolizing Toni Kukoc. Connor Letourneau,, "Why Warriors’ Dragan Bender could be a steal on a 10-day contract," 24 Feb. 2020 Before the recruiting process and before making the decision to sign with Auburn, Schwartz was a huge Florida fan and grew up idolizing players like Tebow and Percy Harvin. Matt Zenitz |, al, "A former Florida fan could be X-factor for Auburn vs. Gators," 3 Oct. 2019 Bryant looms large over the current generation of NBA players, most of whom grew up either idolizing Bryant or absorbing his work ethic and competitive spirit in the same way Bryant's generation learned from Jordan. Greg Beacham, Anchorage Daily News, "Kobe Bryant left deep legacy in Los Angeles sports world," 27 Jan. 2020 The Gold We Love The original status adornment remains a fixation millennia after the Egyptians first idolized its spiritual qualities. The Editors, Town & Country, "The 2020 Town & Country Jewelry Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 Vette wasn’t supposed to be a relic, trapped in ember in the 1970s and frozen in time to be idolized by drivers who are now in their golden years. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "The Corvette is finally the supercar it deserves to be," 2 Jan. 2020 Woodbury native Brennan Menell grew up idolizing Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon, and the connections between the two players aren’t lost on those who have been paying attention. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Woodbury’s Brennan Menell fulfills lifelong dream with Wild," 9 Dec. 2019 Williams, soon to be 38, can still defeat the kids who grew up idolizing her. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Serena Williams’ once inevitable march to Grand Slams record now far from guaranteed," 24 Aug. 2019 Their devotion is a moving tribute to the way in which Garland was, and remains, idolized by many gay men. Suyin Haynes, Time, "The True Story Behind the Movie Judy," 26 Sep. 2019

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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 4 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce idolize (audio)

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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