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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Stars like Bella Hadid and Kim Kardashian helped popularize bike shorts, but generally in a more athletic setting. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How to Pull Off “Evening Bike Shorts” With Chrissy Teigen," 17 Jan. 2019 One of his groups, the Society Orchestra, supplied music for the Castles, the husband-and-wife team responsible for popularizing ragtime dances. John Check, WSJ, "‘Making Music American’ Review: Turning Swords Into Saxophones," 28 Dec. 2018 The Boston Tea Party helped popularize coffee in America. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "21 Surprising Coffee Facts That Will Perk Up Your Afternoon," 3 Dec. 2018 With its own engineering pedigree and a lens ecosystem that should grow faster than anyone else’s, Panasonic is making all the right moves to catch up with the likes of Sony, the undeniable leader in popularizing the full-frame mirrorless format. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Panasonic’s Lumix S1R is an unapologetically blocky pro camera," 29 Sep. 2018 Uber/Jump Bikes Ride-hailing giant Uber, which helped jumpstart the ongoing revolution in mobile technology and urban transit by popularizing a new way to move about cities, has decided cars aren’t always the best way to get around. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Uber makes $10M bet on bikes and transit," 26 Sep. 2018 One of France’s most famous couturiers in between the two World Wars, Patou was credited with popularizing the cardigan, inventing the tennis skirt and killing the flapper style. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 The silhouette, which really went mainstream in the early ’90s when rap and hip-hop stars like Tupac popularized it, is definitely creeping back into the cultural consciousness. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Could You Love a Man in the Baggy Pants that Took Over the Runways this Season?," 22 Jan. 2019 The bob was popularized by the French in the 20th century thanks to a desire for simpler shapes, as well as the Parisian production of the Ballets Russes’s Scheherazade, which showcased the clean-cut style paired with flowing Arabian garb. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The History of French Girl Hair: From Marie Antoinette’s Pouf to Brigitte Bardot’s Bedhead," 24 Sep. 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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excited commotion or publicity

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