Idolize

  • 1 Idolize — I dol*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Idolized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Idolizing}.] 1. To make an idol of; to pay idolatrous worship to; as, to idolize the sacred bull in Egypt. [1913 Webster] 2. To love to excess; to love or reverence to adoration; as, to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Idolize — I dol*ize, v. i. To practice idolatry. [R.] [1913 Webster] To idolize after the manner of Egypt. Fairbairn. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 idolize — index honor, regard (hold in esteem) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4 idolize — (v.) 1590s, from IDOL (Cf. idol) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Idolized; idolizing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 idolize — (Amer.) i·dol·ize || aɪdÉ™laɪz v. worship blindly, adore, venerate; worship as an idol (also idolise) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 6 idolize — *adore, worship Analogous words: dote, love, *like: venerate, *revere, reverence Contrasted words: *despise, contemn, scorn, disdain: *hate, abhor, detest, loathe, abominate …

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  • 7 idolize — [v] think of very highly; worship admire, adore, apotheosize, bow down, canonize, deify, dote on, exalt, glorify, look up to*, love, put on a pedestal*, revere, reverence, venerate; concepts 10,32 Ant. despise …

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  • 8 idolize — (also idolise) ► VERB ▪ revere or love greatly or excessively. DERIVATIVES idolization noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 idolize — [īd′ l īz΄] vt. idolized, idolizing 1. to make an idol of 2. to love or admire excessively; adore vi. to worship idols idolization n …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 idolize — v. (D; tr.) to idolize as (she was idolized as a movie star) * * * [ aɪd(ə)laɪz] (D; tr.) to idolize as (she was idolized as a movie star) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 idolize — UK [ˈaɪdəlaɪz] / US [ˈaɪd(ə)lˌaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms idolize : present tense I/you/we/they idolize he/she/it idolizes present participle idolizing past tense idolized past participle idolized to think that someone is perfect She… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 idolize — idolization, n. idolizer, n. /uyd l uyz /, v., idolized, idolizing. v.t. 1. to regard with blind adoration, devotion, etc. 2. to worship as a god. v.i. 3. to practice idolatry: to idolize as did ancient Greece and Rome. Also, esp. Brit., idolise …

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  • 13 idolize — [[t]a͟ɪdəlaɪz[/t]] idolizes, idolizing, idolized VERB If you idolize someone, you admire them very much. [V n] Naomi idolised her father as she was growing up... [V n] A tall, soft spoken woman, she is idolized by her young patients. Syn: worsh …

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  • 14 idolize — verb the kids idolize their fighter pilot father Syn: hero worship, worship, revere, venerate, deify, lionize; stand in awe of, reverence, look up to, admire, adore, exalt; informal put on a pedestal See note at revere …

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  • 15 idolize — verb ( ized; izing) Date: 1598 transitive verb to worship as a god; broadly to love or admire to excess < the common people whom he so idolized Times Literary Supplement > intransitive verb to practice idolatry • idolization noun • idolizer …

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  • 16 idolize — verb a) To make an idol of, or to worship as an idol. b) To adore excessively; to revere immoderately …

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  • 17 idolize — Synonyms and related words: accord respect to, admire, adore, adulate, apotheosize, appreciate, belaud, bepraise, bless, blow up, boast of, brag about, celebrate, cherish, cry up, dearly love, defer to, deify, do homage to, do service, dote,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 idolize — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. glorify, adore, revere, canonize; see admire 1 , worship 2 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. look up to, admire, revere, worship, venerate, deify, hero worship, honor, *put on a pedestal, *worship the ground one walks on.… …

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  • 19 idolize — i|dol|ize also idolise BrE [ˈaıdəl aız] v [T] to admire and love someone so much that you think they are perfect ▪ They had one child, a girl whom they idolized …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 idolize — i|dol|ize [ aıdl,aız ] verb transitive to think that someone is perfect: Leo had idolized Madonna from the start. She idolized her husband and would never criticize him …

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