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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DNA fingerprinting is heavily used in criminal investigations and has been popularized by television shows such as Law and Order and CSI. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Yellowstone's magma chamber is more powerful than we knew. Here's why studying it matters.," 3 July 2018 But Venmo, founded in 2009, popularized money transfer apps as a way to quickly repay friends. Telis Demos, WSJ, "You Accidentally Sent $149 to a Stranger on Venmo? Good Luck Getting It Back," 12 July 2018 Shonda Rhimes popularized the concept of colorblind casting that gave us Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) one of the most popular Black female leads in history. refinery29.com, "What Happened To All Of The Black Teen Shows?," 3 July 2018 The movie popularized the music Leonard Bernstein and the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "‘West Side Story’: Oscar winner returns to theaters," 20 June 2018 The film — which was directed by John Badham — popularized disco music across the world. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Pizza Inferno: John Travolta Channels Saturday Night Fever at Brooklyn Event in His Honor," 13 June 2018 Glacier Cream wasn't widely available until the 1940s; in the meantime, Hollywood popularized polarized aviator sunglasses made by Ray-Ban. Allure, "See How Sunscreen and Sun Care Evolved Over the Last 100 Years in Just 4 Minutes," 29 May 2018 The Amazon Echo largely popularized the smart speaker concept, and Amazon has long been the leader in smart speaker sales as a result. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Google zooms by Amazon in smart speaker shipments, report says," 25 May 2018 Such a villain also plays against the trend popularized by Black Panther, of having an antagonist with understandable motives. refinery29.com, "Mission Impossible: Fallout Is As Wild & Fun As Henry Cavill's Mustache," 12 July 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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