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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.
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verb (used without object), i·dol·ized, i·dol·iz·ing.
  1. to practice idolatry: to idolize as did ancient Greece and Rome.
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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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  1. (tr) to admire or revere greatly
  2. (tr) to worship as an idol
  3. (intr) to worship idols
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Derived Formsidolism, idolization or idolisation, nounidolist, idolizer or idoliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for idolize


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

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