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[ahyd-l-ahyz] /ˈaɪd lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), idolized, idolizing.
to regard with blind adoration, devotion, etc.
to worship as a god.
verb (used without object), idolized, idolizing.
to practice idolatry:
to idolize as did ancient Greece and Rome.
Also, especially British, idolise.
Origin of idolize
First recorded in 1590-1600; idol + -ize
Related forms
idolization, noun
idolizer, noun
self-idolized, adjective
self-idolizing, adjective
unidolized, adjective
1. adore, treasure, worship, dote upon. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for idolise
Historical Examples
  • Vivian, in turn, gazed upon this singular being and the fair pictured form which he seemed to idolise.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • But Waroona Downs with the woman he was beginning to idolise daily with him!

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
  • 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 Charles Dickens
  • All my intelligence and being have turned to spirit, to idolise you.

  • And yet, although we know it to be a mere delusion, we all idealise and idolise our childhood.

    Eric, or Little by Little Frederic W. Farrar
  • We all idolise the child, and she is never left alone a moment.

    Cicely and Other Stories Annie Fellows Johnston
  • I have more to forgive, darling, than you—the hardest of all things to forgive in one whom we idolise—a want of confidence in us.

    Willing to Die Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • She was then aged forty-four, and had nine years survived the loss of a husband she never ceased to idolise.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3 John Addington Symonds
  • Fred had been married ten months, and appeared to idolise his wife.

    Original Penny Readings George Manville Fenn
  • Before it grew too hot, they took me out to see the barracks and a ramshackle old fieldpiece which they seemed to idolise.

    Oriental Encounters Marmaduke Pickthall
British Dictionary definitions for idolise


(transitive) to admire or revere greatly
(transitive) to worship as an idol
(intransitive) to worship idols
Derived Forms
idolism, idolization, idolisation, noun
idolist, idolizer, idoliser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for idolise



1590s, from idol + -ize. Related: Idolized; idolizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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