Definition of idolize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌɪd(ə)lʌɪz/
(also idolise)


[with object]
Admire, revere, or love greatly or excessively: he idolized his mother
More example sentences
  • She was a keen music fan who loved pop music and idolised Justin Timberlake.
  • In fact in the same way that Victoria admires me, he idolizes Morgan, though I don't know why.
  • He is a sprawling maverick with a gravel-slide voice and bluesy guitar copied by Eric Clapton, idolised by Phil Collins and revered for his gruff love ballads.
informal put on a pedestal



Pronunciation: /ʌɪd(ə)lʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • The difference between seeing The Smiths live and Morrissey live can be characterized as the difference between adoration and idolization.
  • Nevertheless, the plot makes some cogent comments on the idolization of designers, and the ending is ruthlessly appropriate.
  • The idolization of the market as a perfect, self-regulating mechanism that always leads to the best possible outcomes is as far from reality as the hopes of socialist central planners.


Pronunciation: /ˈʌɪdəlʌɪzə/
Example sentences
  • And idolisers are mostly irrational; I don't want blind worshipping.
  • As well as pro-monarchists and pro-communists, there are a host of other sons and idolisers of long-dead politicians from the post-war era.
  • But idolizers and idols are used wherever gods are in flight and so announce their nearness.

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