lionize

[lahy-uh-nahyz]
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:
1800–10; lion + ize

lionization, noun
lionizer, noun
unlionized, adjective
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lionize or lionise (ˈlaɪəˌnaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to treat as or make into a celebrity
 
lionise or lionise
 
vb
 
lioni'zation or lionise
 
n
 
lioni'sation or lionise
 
n
 
'lionizer or lionise
 
n
 
'lioniser or lionise
 
n

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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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He was a rare recluse in a society that has come to lionize wealth and business success.
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