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lionize

[lahy-uh-nahyz] /ˈlaɪ əˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), lionized, lionizing.
1.
to treat (a person) as a celebrity:
to lionize the visiting poet.
2.
British. to visit or exhibit the objects of interest of (a place).
verb (used without object), lionized, lionizing.
3.
to pursue celebrities or seek their company.
4.
British. to visit the objects of interest of a place.
Also, especially British, lionise.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; lion + ize
Related forms
lionization, noun
lionizer, noun
unlionized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lionise

lionize

/ˈlaɪəˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to treat as or make into a celebrity
Derived Forms
lionization, lionisation, noun
lionizer, lioniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for lionise
lionize
"to treat (someone) as a celebrity," used by Scott, 1809, and preserves lion in the sense of "person of note who is much sought-after" (1715), originally in reference to the lions formerly kept in the Tower of London (referred to thus from late 16c.), objects of general curiosity that every visitor in town was taken to see. Related: Lionized.
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