Definition of popularize
: to cater to popular taste
: to make popular: such asa : to cause to be liked or esteemedb : to present in generally understandable or interesting form
popularizationplay \ˌpä-pyə-lə-rə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
popularizerplay \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.
Recent Examples of popularize from the Web
To celebrate 40 years toasting sandwiches and helping to popularize giardiniera (the chain likes to call them hot peppers, but still), Potbelly is offering 40 percent off its subs this Thursday, June 1.
Many think that popularizing a drug that makes people sluggish and lazy is a horrible idea.
At a congressional hearing on Friday, a company executive echoed the pro-ID arguments that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison drew fire for popularizing last month.
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First Known Use of popularize
POPULARIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of popularize for English Language Learners
: 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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