to make popular: to popularize a dance.
- Also especially British, pop·u·lar·ise .
- pop·u·lar·i·za·tion, noun
- pop·u·lar·iz·er, noun
- an·ti·pop·u·lar·i·za·tion, adjective, noun
- de·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, noun
- re·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, adjective
- un·pop·u·lar·ized, adjective
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How to use popularize in a sentence
As Richard Dawkins effectively popularized in his book, The Selfish Gene, bodies are merely temporary structures constructed by their constituent genes, for their—the genes’—benefit.Over Time, Buddhism and Science Agree - Issue 94: Evolving | David P. Barash | December 23, 2020 | Nautilus
Halloween’s roots are Celtic, and historians credit Irish Catholics in the 19th Century for popularizing it in America.Global stocks fall, dollar rises as stimulus talks fade and COVID cases spike | Bernhard Warner | October 26, 2020 | Fortune
It was popularized by Mondlane’s successor and the independent country’s first president, Samora Machel, who chanted it during his speeches and marches.How ‘A Luta Continua’ Became the Rallying Slogan for African Revolutions | Eromo Egbejule | October 9, 2020 | Ozy
The platform also enables automakers to update software in vehicles wirelessly — a feature often referred to as over-the-air software updates that was popularized by Tesla.Aurora Labs ramps ‘self-healing’ software with $23M from LG Technology Ventures, Porsche SE, Toyota Tsusho | Kirsten Korosec | September 30, 2020 | TechCrunch
The term net neutrality was popularized back in 2002 by the lawyer and internet scholar Tim Wu.
The dramatic popularization of a phrase like “nitty-gritty” demonstrates that language is always changing across social contexts.Feminist, Bae, Turnt: Time’s ‘Worst Words’ List Is Sexist and Racist | Samantha Allen | November 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They improved educational methods, and were pioneers in the popularization of learning.Chapters on Jewish Literature | Israel Abrahams
This is a real objection to the popularization of the operation.
The increased use of linen paper in place of the costlier parchment helped in the popularization of letters.History of the English People, Volume III (of 8) | John Richard Green
In spite of its great defects, the book has contributed much to the popularization of the main ideas of modern evolution.
New England liked it; and derived benefit from the popularization of good music.The Old First Massachusetts Coast Artillery in War and Peace | Frederick Morse Cutler
British Dictionary definitions for popularize
to make popular; make attractive to the general public
to make or cause to become easily understandable or acceptable
- popularization or popularisation, noun
- popularizer or populariser, noun
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