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 idolize (audio) \ noun
idolizer \ ˈī-​də-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce idolize (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 For better or for worse, society, including children, look up to and idolize athletic stars. Star Tribune, 28 June 2021 And because of this, their fans may idolize them based on a false narrative of success that doesn’t resemble the messy reality of most people’s lives. Womensmedia, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Only comedy die-hard fans and these aspiring comedians respect and idolize you. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 14 May 2021 The Lakers are popular in the Philippines, where many fans still idolize Bryant — a superstar who made at least a half-dozen appearances in the country in his prime. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021 Not long ago, Americans used to idolize their universities. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 29 Apr. 2021 The Lakers are popular in the Philippines, where many fans still idolize Bryant — a superstar who made at least a half-dozen appearances in the country in his prime. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021 The Lakers are popular in the Philippines, where many fans still idolize Bryant — a superstar who made at least a half-dozen appearances in the country in his prime. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021 Just as there is no single vaccine, there is no singular medical hero to idolize. Howard Markel, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of idolize

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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8 Jul 2021

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“Idolize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/idolize. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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.

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