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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Recent Examples on the Web Traffic could be brought to a near standstill if and when autonomous vehicles are finally popularized, according to current research. BostonGlobe.com, "Seeing red," 21 Nov. 2019 Pavlova had written a book depicting a woman’s struggle against social constraints, and—a full half century before Freud popularized the idea of the subconscious—insisting on the independence of the unconscious mind. Talya Zax, The Atlantic, "The 19th-Century Feminist Novel Pushed Out of the Russian Canon," 5 Nov. 2019 Friday, November 1 marks 75 years since the founding of The Vegan Society by English animal rights advocate Donald Watson and his associates, who defined and popularized modern veganism. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "As we mark World Vegan Day, here are four great reasons to give animal products a miss," 1 Nov. 2019 Which exemplified or popularized a certain kind of comedic sensibility? Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, "The 20 defining comedy sketches of the past 20 years," 23 Oct. 2019 Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa There are older spas and wellness retreats in North America (to say nothing of Europe), but none popularized the idea of a spa break the way that Miraval did. Ann Abel, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Spas in the U.S. & Around the World: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 7 Oct. 2019 An extension of the gig economy model that Uber arguably popularized with its original ride-hailing service, Uber Works will be an app that matches temporary workers with potential jobs and employers. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Announcing Uber Works, the Ride-Hailing Giant Changes Lanes into Temporary Work," 3 Oct. 2019 Based off of Gary Jules' popularized cover of the song, Lambert wears every emotion on his sleeve, emoting through each of the song's painful lyrics. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "10 Times Adam Lambert Showed The World He's the Master of Covers," 3 Oct. 2019 Private equity has also become more popular for endowments, and some credit the influence of Yale’s David Swensen, who popularized private markets to boost returns. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "How taxpayers may wind up subsidizing Uber and WeWork’s losses," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of popularize

1593, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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24 Nov 2019

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“Popularize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popularizes. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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How to pronounce popularize (audio)

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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