American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To regard with blind admiration or devotion. See Synonyms at revere1.
- v. To worship as an idol.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To worship as an idol; make an idol of.
- Hence — To reverence immoderately; love or admire to adoration: as, to idolize a hero; to idolize children.
- To practise idol-worship.
- Also spelled idolise.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make an idol of; to pay idolatrous worship to.
- v. To love to excess; to love or reverence to adoration.
- v. rare To practice idolatry.
- v. love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol
- idol + -ize (Wiktionary)
“Will you please consider the notion that the market you so idolize is spun off the cliff?”
“And because they want to put somebody down, and they kind of idolize men in a strange way because they failed even in that category.”
“I like the way Alex pointed out why a lot of people 'idolize' this guy.”
“And on every magazine, we kind of idolize in a way their unions.”
“To the parents of the children who 'idolize' Miley Cyrus: what exactly are they looking up to?”
“As an AIDS activist, it makes me sick to my stomach to see someone engage in this behavior, and then to somehow "idolize" him.”
“It's just incredible that we fought over whether I 'idolize' a comic book character.”
“He proposed a story about the kids following the program who "idolize" Pavan.”
“Straight guys, who don't actually have sex with other men, tend to have man crushes that are more about idolization than they are about sexual attraction (granted, I just happen to "idolize" Ryan Reynolds 'abs).”
“Like a lot of expat Mormon men, and I hate to admit it, I kind of idolize Mormon athletes.”
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