- 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 idolize
Who would you rather see naked—a total stranger, or someone you think you know and idolize?The Movie Nudity Maestro: Jim McBride on 15 Years of Mr. Skin and That Scarlett Johansson Scene
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Most of the super fans I spoke to spend a lot of time on cam sites or pay for one-on-one Web chats with the girls they idolize.Porn Superfans: Aurora Snow on the Relationship Between Cam Girls and Their Fans
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As long as we have baby-boomer nostalgia and Internet gossip, the tendencies to idolize or vandalize will be indulged.Why This Is Baseball’s Golden Age
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Hanging out with sex workers isn't risky enough, from an emotional perspective—and professionals are unlikely to idolize him.Call Girls Out-Class Mistresses
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He looked as if his division might idolize him, as it was said they did.
He was a most fondly attached son and seemed to idolize his mother.Hortense, Makers of History Series
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Did not Mrs. Watson idolize the girl, having known her from her earliest days?The School Queens
L. T. Meade
We have all got to do it, you know, said that comfortable woman, whether we idolize them or not.Madonna Mary
But you idolize the Continent, and despise your own country.Saunterings in and about London
- (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 idolize
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