verb (used with object), popularized, popularizing.
to make popular: to popularize a dance.
Also, especially British, popularise.

1585–95; popular + -ize

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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popularize or popularise (ˈpɒpjʊləˌraɪz)
1.  to make popular; make attractive to the general public
2.  to make or cause to become easily understandable or acceptable
popularise or popularise
populari'zation or popularise
populari'sation or popularise
'popularizer or popularise
'populariser or popularise

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Example sentences 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.
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