pop·​u·​lar·​ize | \ ˈpä-pyə-lə-ˌrīz How to pronounce popularize (audio) \
popularized; popularizing

Definition of popularize

intransitive verb

: to cater to popular taste

transitive verb

: to make popular: such as
a : to cause to be liked or esteemed
b : to present in generally understandable or interesting form

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Other Words from popularize

popularization \ ˌpä-​pyə-​lə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce popularization (audio) \ noun
popularizer \ ˈpä-​pyə-​lə-​ˌrī-​zər How to pronounce popularizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of popularize in a Sentence

a phrase that was popularized by its use in a hit TV show Dream analysis was popularized by Sigmund Freud. The book presents a popularized version of American history.
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Recent Examples on the Web Sonos, which debuted its first product in 2005, helped popularize wireless home speakers at a time when most speakers in a home had to have a hard-wire connection to a music source. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Sonos sues Google for allegedly infringing on its smart speaker technology," 7 Jan. 2020 At the time, this wasn't exactly a new idea, but Orléans did help popularize the genre. Tom Mendelsohn, Ars Technica, "Altiplano review: A brain-tickling board game about… alpacas," 14 July 2018 CEOs earn hundreds of times the pay of their employees, propelled in large part by stock option packages that Arch Patton helped popularize. Washington Post, "How consulting companies like McKinsey optimized American inequality," 13 Dec. 2019 Many more, however, were more direct with their criticism, including Deana Martin, the daughter of Dean Martin who helped popularize the song with his 1959 version. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kelly Clarkson and John Legend’s "Baby It’s Cold Outside" Remake Sparks Controversy," 5 Nov. 2019 In an attempt to popularize the smear, the curator will explain, Trump tweeted an altered version of the Nickelback video and used technology of the time to replace the titular photograph with a picture of Biden standing near a Ukrainian man. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "The 10 cringiest ‘How do you do, fellow kids’ moments of our political era," 13 Dec. 2019 The Frates were honored on the field before commissioner Bud Selig presented them with a sterling silver ice bucket to commemorate the ALS fund-raising initiative that Pete helped to popularize nationally. BostonGlobe.com, "Pete Frates was an inspiration to all of baseball - The Boston Globe," 11 Dec. 2019 Rather than depend solely on media campaigns or organic growth, the mobile money and payments service started by Opera has massively subsidized rides on ORide, its bike-hailing service, to popularize the money money platform among mass market users. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria is finally turning to telcos to drive financial inclusion through mobile money," 10 Oct. 2019 In order to drum up genuine interest in the sport (especially by the 2022 Olympics), the league is working at a grassroots level to popularize the game. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "How the NHL Is Working to Give Hockey a Grassroots Presence in China," 30 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of popularize

1593, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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20 Jan 2020

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“Popularize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popularize. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of popularize

: to cause (something) to be liked, enjoyed, accepted, or done by many people : to make (something) popular
: to make (something that is difficult or complicated) simpler and easier to understand for the average person

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