verb (used with object), li·on·ized, li·on·iz·ing.
verb (used without object), li·on·ized, li·on·iz·ing.
- lions club,
- liouville's theorem
Origin of lionize
Examples from the Web for lionize
Conservatives may lionize Edward Snowden now, says Michael Tomasky, but ultimately his actions are going to tear apart the GOP.
The free-handed miners of that town wanted nothing better than somebody or something to lionize.The Ifs of History|Joseph Edgar Chamberlin
They're going to lionize him while he's here, so we'd better move him on.Rung Ho!|Talbot Mundy
In spite of serious discrepancies in his attire, however, I saw that Mrs. Effie meant to lionize him tremendously.Ruggles of Red Gap|Harry Leon Wilson
"to treat (someone) as a celebrity," a hybrid from lion + -ize. Used by Scott, 1809, and preserving lion in the sense of "person of note who is much sought-after" (1715), originally in reference to the lions formerly kept in the Tower of London (referred to from late 16c.), objects of general curiosity that every visitor in town was taken to see. Related: Lionized; lionizing.