pop·​u·​lar·​ize | \ˈpä-pyə-lə-ˌrīz \
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 \ noun
popularizer \ ˈpä-​pyə-​lə-​ˌrī-​zər \ 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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Jack LaLanne helped popularize the practice in the 1960s. USA TODAY, "The biggest exercise fad the year you were born," 12 July 2018 Immigrants helped popularize the holiday in the U.S. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "18 Fascinating Things You Didn't Know About Halloween," 7 July 2018 Salesforce is a cloud computing pioneer that helped popularize the software-as-a-service business model. David Gelles, New York Times, "Marc Benioff of Salesforce: ‘Are We Not All Connected?’," 15 June 2018 On the flip side, a number of young U.S. players who compete in Germany have helped popularize the other football with their Bundesliga teammates. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Football Meets Fútbol: World Cup Heightens Stars' Overlap, Mutual Admiration," 31 May 2018 Those have helped popularize the notion of greening strategies, including bike lanes. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "New protected bike lanes on East Jefferson will be test for Detroit," 17 May 2018 The Right Stuff also helped popularize some expressions that were previously known only in aviation and aeronautics circles. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "The Lexicon of Tom Wolfe," 15 May 2018 The allegations helped popularize the #MeToo movement. Tim Stelloh /, NBC News, "Ashley Judd sues Weinstein, alleging sexual harassment, retaliation," 1 May 2018 One exception is Bill Koch, who helped popularize the skate skiing technique and, going into Pyeongchang, possessed the United States' sole cross country medal – a silver from the 1976 Innsbruck Games. Anchorage Daily News, "Jessie Diggins, Kikkan Randall and the US women’s cross-country team’s pursuit of happiness," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of popularize

1593, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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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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