Definition of popularize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpäpyələˌrīz/


[with object]
1Cause (something) to become generally liked: his books have done much to popularize the sport
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  • Oscillating universe ideas were popularized by atheists like the late Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov solely to avoid the notion of a beginning, with its implications of a Creator.
  • First it was necessary to popularize the view of universities across the country as an unmitigated breeding ground for ‘terrorist thought.’
  • Someone may form some sort of acting guild and spread or popularize it in the form of something like the samurai ‘cut-em-up’ film.
make popular, make fashionable;
market, publicize
informal hype
1.1Make (something technical, scientific, or academic) accessible or interesting to the general public by presenting it in a readily understandable form: they are skilled at popularizing the technical aspects of genetics
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  • Milton Erickson and his successors have popularized the more general and permissive approach that the authors term the ‘new hypnosis’.
  • In many ways I think he's the new Stephen Jay Gould, synthesizing and popularizing complex scientific ideas.
  • In many ways one can look at Wilkins's work as popularising the more technical writings of Mersenne.
simplify, make accessible, give mass-market appeal to, universalize, vulgarize



Pronunciation: /ˌpäpyələrəˈzāSHən/
Pronunciation: /ˌpäpyələˌrīˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • Experts cited environmental pollution and the popularization of pre-marital sex leading to more abortions as the top two reasons for the fertility decline, with tighter life schedules also noted as a factor.
  • The glib answer offered is that there are instruments of the popularization of science, chiefly science journalism and the popular writings of scientists, which create an informed public.
  • The saxophonist is probably best known for his popularization of the bossa nova, and that era is well represented here by four tracks, including that hoary old chestnut, The Girl From Ipanema.


Pronunciation: /ˈpäpyələˌrīzər/
Example sentences
  • Glazer, one of the popularizers of folk music in the tradition of Alan Lomax and Pete Seeger, was the master of the ‘found ‘song.’
  • Yet scientific popularizers and educators have to deal with the fact that in our society, many people are still religious, and still accept descriptive religion (at least ostensibly).
  • And, of course, public social scientists and those in the humanities are, in some respects, in short supply, in part because their colleagues stigmatize them as popularizers.

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Syllabification: pop·u·lar·ize

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