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idolize

[ahyd-l-ahyz] /ˈaɪd lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), idolized, idolizing.
1.
to regard with blind adoration, devotion, etc.
2.
to worship as a god.
verb (used without object), idolized, idolizing.
3.
to practice idolatry:
to idolize as did ancient Greece and Rome.
Also, especially British, idolise.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; idol + -ize
Related forms
idolization, noun
idolizer, noun
self-idolized, adjective
self-idolizing, adjective
unidolized, adjective
Synonyms
1. adore, treasure, worship, dote upon.
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Examples from the web for idolized
  • Funny, these are the same guys who idolized him for the first five years of his presidency.
  • From today's perspective, it's almost impossible to imagine a jazz virtuoso idolized as a pop star.
  • Wild horses have been idolized in literature and movies.
  • He was idolized by many and friendly and kind to all.
  • Children idolized them and adult citizens respected their call to duty.
  • Annie idolized him, and in her eyes he could do no wrong.
  • Fearless by nature, his example made heroes of the soldiers, who idolized him.
British Dictionary definitions for idolized

idolize

/ˈaɪdəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to admire or revere greatly
2.
(transitive) to worship as an idol
3.
(intransitive) to worship idols
Derived Forms
idolism, idolization, idolisation, noun
idolist, idolizer, idoliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for idolized

idolize

v.

1590s, from idol + -ize. Related: Idolized; idolizing.

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