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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The actual corn dog came along a few decades later, with vendors at the Minnesota and Texas state fairs both claiming to have popularized it. The Christian Science Monitor, "The green grass grows all around," 9 Aug. 2019 Regardless, nineteenth century Spiritualism was inextricably connected to reform in the years around the Civil War, which helped to popularize and promote a transformative political agenda in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Midwest. Ed Simon, The New Republic, "Marianne Williamson’s Spiritualism Has Deep, Liberal Roots," 7 Aug. 2019 The 1978 Hollywood film Capricorn One did much to popularize moon landing conspiracy theories. Peter Knight, Quartz, "Why so many people believe the moon landing was faked," 11 July 2019 The grid can be a tool to popularize phrases, ideas, and names; the clues can be little narratives unto themselves. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Art and Politics of Crosswords," 21 June 2019 The movie’s obsession with photorealism also betrays that phrase the original popularized a quarter century ago: hakuna matata. Nora Mcgreevy, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Lion King’ remake offers a muffled roar," 17 July 2019 The hashtag began to gain traction on social media in 2015, when Taylor Swift popularized the slogan during her world tour that year. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Why are they called the 'Squad'? How four freshman Democrats got their group nickname," 15 July 2019 Is that a Uni-Vibe (an effects pedal guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Robin Trower popularized) on there? Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "Guitar hero Tracii Guns talks L.A. Guns, Axl, Izzy," 11 July 2019 The four distinct buttons on the left side of the console have been replaced with a more traditional d-pad, in the style Nintendo itself popularized with the NES in the '80s. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Nintendo confirms portable-only, $200 “Switch Lite” for September [Updated]," 10 July 2019

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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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