verb (used with object), pop·u·lar·ized, pop·u·lar·iz·ing.
- to make popular: to popularize a dance.
Also especially British, pop·u·lar·ise.
Origin of popularize
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
First recorded in 1585–95; popular
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British Dictionary definitions for repopularize
Derived Formspopularization or popularisation, nounpopularizer or populariser, noun
- to make popular; make attractive to the general public
- to make or cause to become easily understandable or acceptable
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Word Origin and History for repopularize
"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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