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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Epic took a dance Ferguson popularized, turned into a visual asset with motion graphics, and then made it into a reward for playing a lot of Fortnite. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite keeps stealing dances — and no one knows if it’s illegal," 20 Dec. 2018 Black creatives created and popularized these dances but never monetized them. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Rapper sues Epic Games over “unauthorized” Fortnite dance use," 6 Dec. 2018 There, he was credited with creating the Corpse Reviver #2 and popularizing the dry martini along with crafting one of the most timeless cocktail books in history. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "12 Cocktail Books to Improve Your Bartending Skills," 9 Nov. 2018 While the the swing of the ‘30s and ‘40s was popularized by both black and white musicians, and enjoyed by all segments of the American population, the ’90s revival was mostly white bands playing for white audiences. Kenneth Partridge, Billboard, "In Defense of the Swing Revival: Why America Flipped for '40s Sounds in 1998," 29 May 2018 Men like Peter Lynch, the revered manager of Fidelity’s Magellan fund, often became minor celebrities, popularizing the view that shrewd stock picking was the key to a comfortable retirement. New York Times, "Fidelity, Bruised From Crises, Searches for Life After Mutual Funds," 27 May 2018 In fact, academics have used the phrase for years, but Bell Pottinger certainly helped popularize it. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Reputation-Laundering Firm That Ruined Its Own Reputation," 25 May 2018 While the hymnal has obvious Christian ties, community rights organizer Zilphia Horton helped popularize it during America’s civil rights movement, making it a significant choice for Markle to pick for her wedding. Lyndsey Matthews, Harper's BAZAAR, "All the Ways Meghan Markle Americanized the Royal Wedding Ceremony," 19 May 2018 The style was popularized by Bill Sears, M.D., and his wife Martha Sears, R.N. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Attachment Parenting? Parents and Children Share a Close Bond," 30 Nov. 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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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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