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verb (used with object), pop·u·lar·ized, pop·u·lar·iz·ing.
  1. to make popular: to popularize a dance.
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Also especially British, pop·u·lar·ise.

Origin of popularize

First recorded in 1585–95; popular + -ize
Related formspop·u·lar·i·za·tion, nounpop·u·lar·iz·er, nounan·ti·pop·u·lar·i·za·tion, adjective, nounde·pop·u·lar·ize, verb (used with object), de·pop·u·lar·ized, de·pop·u·lar·iz·ing.re·pop·u·lar·i·za·tion, nounre·pop·u·lar·ize, verb (used with object), re·pop·u·lar·ized, re·pop·u·lar·iz·ing.sem·i·pop·u·lar·ized, adjectiveun·pop·u·lar·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for popularization

Historical Examples

  • These methods were strongly in the direction of popularization.

    Early Theories of Translation

    Flora Ross Amos

  • The nineteenth century may perhaps be said to mark its popularization.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • They are not lost, but see what has become of them in fifty years by popularization.


    William Graham Sumner

  • The work of "popularization" consists in bringing about this contagion.


    William Graham Sumner

  • This is a real objection to the popularization of the operation.

British Dictionary definitions for popularization



verb (tr)
  1. to make popular; make attractive to the general public
  2. to make or cause to become easily understandable or acceptable
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Derived Formspopularization or popularisation, nounpopularizer or populariser, noun
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Word Origin and History for popularization


1797, noun of action from popularize.

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"to make a complex topic intelligible to the people," 1833, from popular + -ize. Earlier "to cater to popular taste" (1590s); "to make popular" (1797). Related: Popularized; popularizing.

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