- 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 idolized
I was sickened by what was happening to me and shocked that this man I had idolized was now raping me.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004
November 24, 2014
Mischievous and spirited, she was a heroine for generations of young girls who read and idolized her.Madeline’s New York Moment: Ludwig Bemelmans’ Heroine Comes Home
July 8, 2014
Parents paid $250 for their young daughters to spend time with the women they idolized and admired.It’s Buffalo Jills Vs. Buffalo Bills in Ex-Cheerleaders’ New Lawsuit
April 24, 2014
But I felt pressure in myself, just because I idolized Kristen Wiig and I just wanted to be like her.Kate McKinnon Is the Future of ‘Saturday Night Live’
November 21, 2013
The team that I had watched, rooted for, and idolized was now something I was actually a part of.Derek Fisher Remembers the Lakers’ Jerry Buss
February 20, 2013
He had the reposeful self-assurance of a man who is conscious that he is idolized.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
She is a very beautiful girl, and Percival Dunbar idolized her.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
The only son of a proud father, the only idolized brother of a fond sister.The Universal Reciter
Also, at that time, he idolized his brother and believed in his shrewdness and capability.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
Mother idolized him while she lived, so did I, so did Babbie.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (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 idolized
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