pop·​u·​lar·​ize ˈpä-pyə-lə-ˌrīz How to pronounce popularize (audio)
popularized; popularizing

intransitive verb

: to cater to popular taste

transitive verb

: to make popular: such as
: to cause to be liked or esteemed
: to present in generally understandable or interesting form
popularization noun
popularizer 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 Miguel, who records solely in Spanish, was the best-selling Latin artist of the '90s and is credited with popularizing the bolero genre in the mainstream. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2024 Created as a joke by software engineers Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer in 2013, Dogecoin features the likeness of the Shiba Inu dog popularized in the Doge meme. Vinamrata Chaturvedi, Quartz, 28 Mar. 2024 Being from Brooklyn fits her well; smooth self-regard and tight-lipped maturity — qualities popularized by the Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, and even Pop Smoke — are her calling cards. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2024 The government’s campaign to wipe Glory to Hong Kong, a song popularized during 2019 anti-government protests, from the city’s internet has highlighted operational risks for Western tech giants such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Meta Platforms Inc. Alan Wong, Fortune Asia, 2 Mar. 2024 Unlike other celebrities who popularize luxury lifestyles and flaunt their private jets, massive houses, expensive cars, , exotic vacations, and famous friends, Bryan Johnson promotes the previously unattainable luxury - living longer and escaping aging and death. Alex Zhavoronkov, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Mistress Antoinette), a clothing designer who helped popularize polyvinyl chloride fetish wear. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2024 This common mistake, popularized in the 19th century, suggested that prior to the rise of scientific study beginning in the 17th century, most people believed the Earth to be flat. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2024 The drugs have been in shortage ever since celebrities began popularizing them, leaving gaps in care among people who need such drugs more. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Popularize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popularize. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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pop·​u·​lar·​ize ˈpäp-yə-lə-ˌrīz How to pronounce popularize (audio)
popularized; popularizing
: to make popular
popularization noun
popularizer noun
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