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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Definitions for lionize

  1. to treat (a person) as a celebrity: to lionize the visiting poet.
  2. British. to visit or exhibit the objects of interest of (a place).
  3. to pursue celebrities or seek their company.

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Citations for lionize
She brought me up to royalties, and people with stars and garters, and elderly ladies with gigantic tiaras and parrot noses. She spoke of me as her dearest friend. I had only met her once before, but she had took it into her head to lionize me. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
The other players are the media--magazines, newspapers and broadcasters--that lionize managers whose funds produce dazzling short-term results. Such publicity attracts big bucks, perhaps faster than the fund can deal with the money, and there goes the goose. Robert Frick, "Bigger Isn't Always Better," Kiplinger's Personal Finance, August 1997
Origin of lionize
Lionize comes from the noun senses of lion meaning "an object of interest or note" and "a person of great importance, influence, charm, etc., who is much admired as a celebrity." It entered English in the early 1800s.