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idolize

[ahyd-l-ahyz] /ˈaɪd lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), idolized, idolizing.
1.
to regard with blind adoration, devotion, etc.
2.
to worship as a god.
verb (used without object), idolized, idolizing.
3.
to practice idolatry:
to idolize as did ancient Greece and Rome.
Also, especially British, idolise.
Origin of idolize
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; idol + -ize
Related forms
idolization, noun
idolizer, noun
self-idolized, adjective
self-idolizing, adjective
unidolized, adjective
Synonyms
1. adore, treasure, worship, dote upon.
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Examples from the Web for idolized
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  • 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.

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for idolized

idolize

/ˈaɪdəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to admire or revere greatly
2.
(transitive) to worship as an idol
3.
(intransitive) to worship idols
Derived Forms
idolism, idolization, idolisation, noun
idolist, idolizer, idoliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for idolized

idolize

v.

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

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