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lionize

[ 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 .

Origin of lionize

First recorded in 1800–10; lion + -ize
li·on·i·za·tion, nounli·on·iz·er, nounli·on·ized, adjectiveun·li·on·ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lionize

lionize

lionise

/ (ˈlaɪəˌnaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to treat as or make into a celebrity
lionization or lionisation, nounlionizer or lioniser, noun
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