[ lahy-uh-nahyz ]
/ ˈlaɪ əˌnaɪz /
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verb (used with object), li·on·ized, li·on·iz·ing.
to treat (a person) as a celebrity: to lionize the visiting poet.
British. to visit or exhibit the objects of interest of (a place).
verb (used without object), li·on·ized, li·on·iz·ing.
to pursue celebrities or seek their company.
British. to visit the objects of interest of a place.
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Also especially British, li·on·ise .
OTHER WORDS FROM lionizeli·on·i·za·tion, nounli·on·iz·er, nounli·on·ized, adjectiveun·li·on·ized, adjective
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How to use lionize in a sentence
At its least charming, it is those who lionize audacious criminals.Miss Manners: Shunning, shaming and ‘cancel culture’|Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin|November 23, 2020|Washington Post
He is a 67-year-old vegan and daily meditator who also lionizes free-market icons like Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand.How to Succeed by Being Authentic (Hint: Carefully) (Ep. 438)|Stephen J. Dubner|November 5, 2020|Freakonomics
The liberal lionization of John Roberts is roaring through the media.The Media Man-Crush on John Roberts, Conservative Who Saved Obamacare|Howard Kurtz|July 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A Bayard in society—a Raphael at the easel, he bore a distinguished part in the lionization of the day.Alone|Marion Harland
Paris made a great fuss over him, but he took his lionization very calmly.The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912|Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
Then came the news of Speke's return and lionization in London.The Life of Sir Richard Burton|Thomas Wright
The renowned Tupper is undergoing the process of lionization.
British Dictionary definitions for lionize
/ (ˈlaɪəˌnaɪz) /
(tr) to treat as or make into a celebrity
Derived forms of lionizelionization or lionisation, nounlionizer or lioniser, noun
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