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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Blame Rihanna, who makes everything look good (her Gloss Bomb is one of her best-selling Fenty products), or Glossier, which popularized, well, anything glossy. Glamour, "11 Lip Glosses Glamour Editors Swear By," 11 July 2018 The architecture of the 94-year-old fairy-tale house in Hollywood Hills is an example of the Storybook movement popularized in the U.S. and England during the 1920s. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Hot Property Newsletter: Music makes the world go round," 9 June 2018 Yes, boomers in particular have popularized the sport in recent years, says Justin Maloof, executive director at the USA Pickleball Association. Dan Morrell, BostonGlobe.com, "A closer look at the sport that’s taken retirement communities by storm," 7 June 2018 The brunch will also offer a sharable cocktail popularized in New York that hasn’t infiltrated Charm City yet: a Moscow mule that weighs 10 pounds. Wesley Case, baltimoresun.com, "Bethesda's Duck Duck Goose to open in Fells Point in June," 24 May 2018 To do so, the ICCT recommends extending many of the same programs that helped popularize electric cars in the Bay Area and Los Angeles to other parts of the state. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Electric cars make inroads in California — but fast enough?," 6 May 2018 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

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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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