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[pop-yuh-luh-rahyz]
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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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British Dictionary definitions for popularize

popularize

popularise

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 popularize

v.

"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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