- to regard with blind adoration, devotion, etc.
- to worship as a god.
- to practice idolatry: to idolize as did ancient Greece and Rome.
Also especially British, i·dol·ise.
Origin of idolize
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1. adore, treasure, worship, dote upon.
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Examples from the Web for idolise
But Waroona Downs with the woman he was beginning to idolise daily with him!The Rider of Waroona
All my intelligence and being have turned to spirit, to idolise you.Juliette Drouet's Love-Letters to Victor Hugo
Fred had been married ten months, and appeared to idolise his wife.Original Penny Readings
George Manville Fenn
We all idolise the child, and she is never left alone a moment.Cicely and Other Stories
Annie Fellows Johnston
If it be bad to idolise you, I am the worst of men; if it be good, I am the best.The Mystery of Edwin Drood
- (tr) to admire or revere greatly
- (tr) to worship as an idol
- (intr) to worship idols
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Word Origin and History for idolise
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