popularize

[ pop-yuh-luh-rahyz ]
/ ˈpɒp yə ləˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), pop·u·lar·ized, pop·u·lar·iz·ing.

to make popular: to popularize a dance.

Nearby words

  1. popular song,
  2. popular sovereignty,
  3. popular vote,
  4. popularity,
  5. popularization,
  6. popularly,
  7. populate,
  8. population,
  9. population control,
  10. population explosion

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
Derived Formspopularization or popularisation, nounpopularizer or populariser, noun

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Word Origin and History for popularize

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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