[ 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.

Origin of popularize

First recorded in 1585–95; popular + -ize
  • Also especially British, pop·u·lar·ise .

Other words from popularize

  • 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

  • Nasby, who had popularized the Toledo Blade, kept steadily to one line.

  • A famous series of books, formerly sold at $2.00 per copy, are now popularized by reducing the price less than half.

  • She certainly popularized the song, whether it was her own or not.

    Haydn | J. Cuthbert Hadden
  • The present day theory of human understanding is a real science, which well deserves to be popularized.

  • The vogue of coffee popularized the use of sugar, which was then bought by the ounce at the apothecary's shop.

    All About Coffee | William H. Ukers

British Dictionary definitions for popularize



/ (ˈpɒpjʊləˌraɪz) /

  1. to make popular; make attractive to the general public

  2. to make or cause to become easily understandable or acceptable

Derived forms of popularize

  • popularization or popularisation, noun
  • popularizer or populariser, noun

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