idolize

[ahyd-l-ahyz]
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verb (used with object), i·dol·ized, i·dol·iz·ing.
  1. to regard with blind adoration, devotion, etc.
  2. to worship as a god.
verb (used without object), i·dol·ized, i·dol·iz·ing.
  1. to practice idolatry: to idolize as did ancient Greece and Rome.
Also especially British, i·dol·ise.

Origin of idolize

First recorded in 1590–1600; idol + -ize
Related formsi·dol·i·za·tion, nouni·dol·iz·er, nounself-i·dol·ized, adjectiveself-i·dol·iz·ing, adjectiveun·i·dol·ized, adjective

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1. adore, treasure, worship, dote upon.
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idolize

idolise

verb
  1. (tr) to admire or revere greatly
  2. (tr) to worship as an idol
  3. (intr) to worship idols
Derived Formsidolism, idolization or idolisation, nounidolist, idolizer or idoliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for idolize
v.

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

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