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popularize

[ pop-yuh-luh-rahyz ]
/ ˈpɒp yə ləˌraɪz /
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verb (used with object), pop·u·lar·ized, pop·u·lar·iz·ing.

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
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British Dictionary definitions for popularize

popularize

popularise

/ (ˈpɒpjʊləˌraɪz) /

verb (tr)

to make popular; make attractive to the general public
to make or cause to become easily understandable or acceptable
popularization or popularisation, nounpopularizer or populariser, noun
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