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

Other Words from popularize

popularization \ ˌpä-​pyə-​lə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce popularize (audio) \ noun
popularizer \ ˈpä-​pyə-​lə-​ˌrī-​zər How to pronounce popularize (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Considered one of his most famous recordings, the song helped popularize Latin rhythms in jazz, a trend that would endure throughout the 1950s. Jeff Banowetz, chicagotribune.com, 24 Mar. 2022 Meme coins are often used to publicize and popularize a particular blockchain or network. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Multitouch as a technology wasn’t necessarily an Apple innovation, but Apple was the first company to popularize it with the masses. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 8 Apr. 2022 As to whether the BBC and Netflix, which helped to finance and popularize the show among global audiences, will again be partners on the new season, Anderson hesitates. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 1 Apr. 2022 The maker of the iPod, which revolutionized music distribution, has allowed musicians who popularize racist content and boast about ties to white supremacists and neo-Nazis to remain on its streaming platform. Renaye Manely, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2022 As a part of that fame, she’s been criticized by flamenco purists for helping to popularize the genre with her fusions and flamboyant style. Lucas Villa, SPIN, 18 Mar. 2022 All-Stars supergroup and helped popularize salsa music all over the world. NBC News, 29 Dec. 2021 Is constant specification of personal pronouns necessary and something the Left should seek to popularize? Ruy Teixeira, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of popularize

1593, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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12 May 2022

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“Popularize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popularize. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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