verb (used with object), i·dol·ized, i·dol·iz·ing.

to regard with blind adoration, devotion, etc.
to worship as a god.

verb (used without object), i·dol·ized, i·dol·iz·ing.

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

Synonyms for idolize

1. adore, treasure, worship, dote upon. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for idolized

Contemporary Examples of idolized

Historical Examples of idolized

  • 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.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for idolized




(tr) to admire or revere greatly
(tr) to worship as an idol
(intr) to worship idols
Derived Formsidolism, idolization or idolisation, nounidolist, idolizer or idoliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for idolized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper