[ lahy-uh-nahyz ]
/ ˈlaɪ əˌnaɪz /

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.
Also especially British, li·on·ise.

Origin of lionize

First recorded in 1800–10; lion + -ize

Related forms

li·on·i·za·tion, nounli·on·iz·er, nounun·li·on·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lionize



/ (ˈlaɪəˌnaɪz) /


(tr) to treat as or make into a celebrity

Derived Forms

lionization or lionisation, nounlionizer or lioniser, noun
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