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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The nine-day San Fermin fiesta was popularized by Nobel Literature laureate Ernest Hemingway. Fox News, "One gored, 3 trampled in Spain's running of the bulls festival," 7 July 2018 The nine-day fiesta was popularized by American novelist Ernest Hemingway. NBC News, "One person gored on opening day of Spain's annual running of the bulls," 7 July 2018 It was popularized in the United States in the 1970s, most notably with the introduction of Gloria Steinem’s Ms. magazine. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "At Wimbledon, Married Women Are Still ‘Mrs.’," 4 July 2018 They were popularized by journalists not above a bit of sensationalizing. John Kelly, Washington Post, "There will be blood: Some District neighborhoods once sported memorable names," 19 June 2018 More recently popularized by Richard Branson, the unlimited-vacation model is predicated on the idea that happy, rested employees make for successful companies, and that most people, if given the option, won’t abuse such a policy. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "The Guilt-Inducing Psychology of Unlimited Vacation Time," 14 June 2018 It was popularized in the early 1960s by Bobby Darin. Billboard, "Aboard the Clearwater: Five Decades of Environmental Activism Rooted In Music," 13 June 2018 The tradition, which began as a way of rewarding soldiers for particularly impressive feats, has now been popularized and even spread to civilian parts of the government. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The US military made a coin with Trump’s and Kim Jong Un’s faces on it," 21 May 2018 Such ideas were popularized by the 1976 film The Boys from Brazil, which had Mengele cloning Hitler as part of a National Socialist plot to launch a comeback. Jefferson Chase, USA TODAY, "Hitler's teeth analysis dispels myths of Nazi leader's survival," 21 May 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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