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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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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 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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