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[pop-yuh-luh-rahyz] /ˈpɒp yə ləˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), popularized, popularizing.
to make popular:
to popularize a dance.
Also, especially British, popularise.
Origin of popularize
First recorded in 1585-95; popular + -ize
Related forms
popularization, noun
popularizer, noun
antipopularization, adjective, noun
depopularize, verb (used with object), depopularized, depopularizing.
repopularization, noun
repopularize, verb (used with object), repopularized, repopularizing.
semipopularized, adjective
unpopularized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for popularization
Historical Examples
  • In the language of a distinguished chemist, "Its appearance marks an era in the progress of the popularization of Chemistry."

    Great Facts Frederick C. Bakewell
  • The work of "popularization" consists in bringing about this contagion.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • In this no ancient or modern writer approaches him; in simplification and in popularization he has not his equal in the world.

  • The nineteenth century may perhaps be said to mark its popularization.

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
  • These methods were strongly in the direction of popularization.

  • This is a real objection to the popularization of the operation.

  • The popularization of so ungainly and expensive a contrivance as the harvester proved a slow and difficult task.

    The Age of Big Business Burton J. Hendrick
  • And this is one of the unnoticed results of the popularization of literature.

    English Literature William J. Long
  • They are not lost, but see what has become of them in fifty years by popularization.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The important name in the popularization of science in the seventh century is St. Isidore of Seville.

British Dictionary definitions for popularization


verb (transitive)
to make popular; make attractive to the general public
to make or cause to become easily understandable or acceptable
Derived Forms
popularization, popularisation, noun
popularizer, populariser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for popularization

1797, noun of action from popularize.



"to make a complex topic intelligible to the people," 1833, from popular + -ize. Earlier "to cater to popular taste" (1590s); "to make popular" (1797). Related: Popularized; popularizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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