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[pop-yuh-luh-rahyz] /ˈpɒp yə ləˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), popularized, popularizing.
to make popular:
to popularize a dance.
Also, especially British, popularise.
1585-95; popular + -ize
Related forms
popularization, noun
popularizer, noun
antipopularization, adjective, noun
depopularize, verb (used with object), depopularized, depopularizing.
repopularization, noun
repopularize, verb (used with object), repopularized, repopularizing.
semipopularized, adjective
unpopularized, adjective
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Examples for popularization
  • It will play a major role in the popularization of rock and roll.
  • Theosophy became a major movement in the popularization of these interests.
British Dictionary definitions for popularization


verb (transitive)
to make popular; make attractive to the general public
to make or cause to become easily understandable or acceptable
Derived Forms
popularization, popularisation, noun
popularizer, populariser, noun
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Word Origin and History for popularization

1797, noun of action from popularize.



"to make a complex topic intelligible to the people," 1833, from popular + -ize. Earlier "to cater to popular taste" (1590s); "to make popular" (1797). Related: Popularized; popularizing.

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