Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To regard with blind admiration or devotion. See Synonyms at revere1.
  • transitive v. To worship as an idol.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make an idol of, or to worship as an idol.
  • v. To adore excessively; to revere immoderately.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To practice idolatry.
  • transitive v. To make an idol of; to pay idolatrous worship to.
  • transitive v. To love to excess; to love or reverence to adoration.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol

Etymologies

idol +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

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