vulgarize

[vuhl-guh-rahyz]
verb (used with object), vul·gar·ized, vul·gar·iz·ing.
  1. to make vulgar or coarse; lower; debase: to vulgarize standards of behavior.
  2. to make (a technical or abstruse work) easier to understand and more widely known; popularize.
  3. to translate (a work) from a classical language into the vernacular.
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.
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vulgarize

vulgarise

verb (tr)
  1. to make commonplace or vulgar; debase
  2. 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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