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
It was popularized as a holiday dessert in 16th-century England and also is known as Christmas pudding or plum pudding.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO) | Kevin Fallon | December 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nicki Minaj popularized “yaaasssss” with her song “Yasss Bish” and she claims the pronunciation has roots in drag-queen culture.Feminist, Bae, Turnt: Time’s ‘Worst Words’ List Is Sexist and Racist | Samantha Allen | November 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Did it really have nothing to do with the fact that disco was popularized as “black” music?Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage | Arthur Chu | October 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Her use of the bikini, which was invented in France, popularized the skin-baring, two-piece swimsuit in the United States.
In the process, Whitcomb and Morris popularized the idea of scientific creationism.
Nasby, who had popularized the Toledo Blade, kept steadily to one line.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete | Albert Bigelow Paine
A famous series of books, formerly sold at $2.00 per copy, are now popularized by reducing the price less than half.From Farm House to the White House | William M. Thayer
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 Positive Outcome of Philosophy | Joseph Dietzgen
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
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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