[ vuhl-guh-rahyz ]
/ ˈvʌl gəˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), vul·gar·ized, vul·gar·iz·ing.

to make vulgar or coarse; lower; debase: to vulgarize standards of behavior.
to make (a technical or abstruse work) easier to understand and more widely known; popularize.
to translate (a work) from a classical language into the vernacular.

Nearby words

  1. vulgar latin,
  2. vulgarian,
  3. vulgaris,
  4. vulgarism,
  5. vulgarity,
  6. vulgarly,
  7. vulgate,
  8. vulgate bible,
  9. vulgus,
  10. vulned

Also especially British, vul·gar·ise.

Origin of vulgarize

First recorded in 1595–1605; vulgar + -ize

Related formsvul·gar·i·za·tion, nounvul·gar·iz·er, nounun·vul·gar·ize, verb (used with object), un·vul·gar·ized, un·vul·gar·iz·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vulgarization



/ (ˈvʌlɡəˌraɪz) /

verb (tr)

to make commonplace or vulgar; debase
to make (something little known or difficult to understand) widely known or popular among the public; popularize
Derived Formsvulgarization or vulgarisation, nounvulgarizer or vulgariser, noun

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