idolize

[ahyd-l-ahyz]
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; idol + -ize

idolization, noun
idolizer, noun
self-idolized, adjective
self-idolizing, adjective
unidolized, adjective


1. adore, treasure, worship, dote upon.
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idolize or idolise (ˈaɪdəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to admire or revere greatly
2.  (tr) to worship as an idol
3.  (intr) to worship idols
 
idolise or idolise
 
vb
 
i'dolism or idolise
 
n
 
idoli'zation or idolise
 
n
 
idoli'sation or idolise
 
n
 
'idolist or idolise
 
n
 
'idolizer or idolise
 
n
 
'idoliser or idolise
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
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