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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.
Origin of popularize
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for popularize
  • It's the scientific community's job to push this information out and popularize it.
  • The last piece of the puzzle is to popularize and make mainstream those ideas.
  • It was also one of the first mainstream computers to include a mouse, helping popularize it as a pointing device.
  • It helped to popularize amateur automaton tinkering.
  • Carpenter's works helped popularize cultural anthropology and geography in the early years of the twentieth century.
  • How ironic that the country that has done so much to popularize the almond must import all its almonds.
  • Many of these sites popularize and glamorize drug use, and others implicitly promote use and experimentation.
British Dictionary definitions for popularize


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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