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 popularization (audio) \ noun
popularizer \ ˈpä-​pyə-​lə-​ˌrī-​zər How to pronounce popularizer (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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Despite caviar's reputation as a decadent indulgence, the idea of popularizing the succulent sturgeon roe represents a return to its roots as an everyman's food. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Pearl Street Caviar strives to bring pricey delicacy to the masses," 5 June 2019 First popularized by Tom Ford during his Gucci years, the square-toe shoe is right in step with the pre-Y2K pared-back look of the moment. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Steps Out In Fashion’s Most Hotly Debated Shoe," 10 Oct. 2018 Three decades after Chanel popularized the look, the neckline went more mainstream when Hubert de Givenchy designed what would become the ultimate LBD for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. refinery29.com, "Wait, So Who Made Meghan Markle’s Beloved Boat Neck Famous?," 10 July 2018 Halbach was slain in 2005 and the case was popularized in the 2015 Netflix series, Making a Murderer. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Motion filed by Steven Avery's lawyer to add evidence to Halbach murder case; Avery names two new suspects in affidavit," 7 July 2018 The host of the YouTube series about cooking food popularized on TV and movies sits down with us. USA TODAY, "The key to online video success —post often," 23 June 2018 Her mission in popularizing global feminism is a fairly lofty one. James White; Fashion Editor: Cassie Anderson, Harper's BAZAAR, "Annie Lennox Talks Her Global Feminist Movement, and How You Can Join Her," 8 Mar. 2019 Getups like Elie Saab’s pastel beaded tailleur take the idea of black tie beyond Le Smoking that Yves Saint Laurent popularized for women, which was rethought at Christian Dior and Alexandre Vauthier. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "5 Takeaways From Spring 2019 Couture," 26 Jan. 2019 In 1977, Nigerian soldiers burned down the legendary concert hall where Fela Kuti performed his protest music that popularized the Afrobeat genre and earned him millions of loyal followers around the world. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Macron loosens up trip to Nigeria with visit to legendary Lagos nightclub," 4 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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