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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Finally at home in Winterfell, Sansa idolizes no woman (and certainly no man).She has worn several versions of this necklace over the last few seasons. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "The Jewelry on Game of Thrones Offers Clues to the Season 8 Finale," 18 May 2019 Shattenkirk grew up a Rangers fan in New Rochelle, N.Y., idolizing his fellow defenseman Brian Leetch. Allan Kreda, New York Times, "Rangers’ Kevin Shattenkirk Is Out Indefinitely With a Knee Injury," 19 Jan. 2018 Kelli Barrett grew up idolizing Fosse and his creative circle, learning his choreography from a young age, and watching his films over and over, her face inches from the screen. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Fosse/Verdon Finds Its Liza in Kelli Barrett, Who Happens to Be a Minnelli Super-fan," 10 Apr. 2019 Then there’s Lonzo Ball, who is a nerd in all the senses but grew up idolizing James (which is telling in a city that worships Kobe) and has in many ways patterned his pass-first approach to the game after him. Chris Gayomali, GQ, "The Upside of the Lakers," 2 July 2018 What matters most is whether, or when, or how soon memory loss might become dementia, then a death too early for men once idolized for their physical prowess. azcentral, "'I’m losing those memories': Ex-Cardinals among thousands in concussion suit," 29 Mar. 2018 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

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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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