Definition of iconize in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈīkəˌnīz/


[with object]
1 Computing Reduce (a window on a screen) to a small symbol or graphic.
Example sentences
  • Animations, including 3-D animations for iconizing windows, were generally fairly smooth.
  • In essence, they are an alternative to iconizing windows.
  • You can drag windows from the pager into the icon box to iconize the window without actually going to the desktop the window lives in.
2Treat as an icon: they iconized him as an iron-jawed symbol of American manhood
More example sentences
  • Koraichi's installation iconizes al-Rumi's journey across continents through Turkish ceramic ablution basins, Moroccan gold-embroidered silk, and metal.
  • Now we have real GI's being iconized for looking like Robert Mitchum.
  • They have been iconised in billboards and adverts across America - as symbols of strength, courage and self-sacrifice.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: i·con·ize

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.