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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The app has helped popularize everything from overnight chart-toppers to beauty trends, but this week, TikTok's main character isn't Charli D’Amelio, Addison Rae, or even a catchy song. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "Is Feta Cheese Really Sold Out Thanks To This Viral TikTok Pasta Dish?," 11 Feb. 2021 The two helped popularize French food in the U.S. — a stark contrast to Richard Nixon, who allegedly demanded his cottage cheese topped with ketchup. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "4 dishes beloved by great presidents past for Presidents' Day: chicken fricassee, hoecakes, apple pandowdy, white bean soup," 10 Feb. 2021 Oakland is getting a new location of Square Pie Guys, the San Francisco restaurant that’s helped popularize rectangular, Detroit-style pizzas in the Bay Area. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Detroit-style pizza hit Square Pie Guys is expanding to Oakland," 21 Dec. 2020 Her devotion to the waltz and polka helped popularize them in the United States. Washington Post, "Biden didn’t get to bust a move during the inauguration, but previous commanders-in-chief have been known to boogie. Here’s how they stack up.," 21 Jan. 2021 Thrilling’s mission is to support the viability and livelihood of small mom-and-pop vintage shops across the US, as well as help popularize vintage and secondhand shopping. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Beyoncé’s Stylist Zerina Akers and Thrilling Are Putting Black-Owned Vintage Shops Front and Center," 11 Dec. 2020 Photographs of these events, published in newspapers around the world, helped popularize the image of a vaccine in high demand. Brit Trogen, The Atlantic, "Go Ahead, Share Your Vaccine Selfie," 14 Jan. 2021 Quiñones was a member of the Lockers crew that helped popularize the locking style of street dance. NBC News, "Adolfo 'Shabba-Doo' Quiñones, star of 'Breakin'' and street dance pioneer, dies at 65," 30 Dec. 2020 Margaret Burbidge - April 5 - Age 100 - The UC San Diego astronomer made landmark discoveries about the nature of stars, helped popularize the notion that humans are composed of stardust, and helped women find a home in science. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Remembering San Diegans who passed in 2020," 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of popularize

1593, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of popularize was in 1593

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1 Mar 2021

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“Popularize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popularize. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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