Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To look on or treat (a person) as a celebrity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To treat (a person) as if he were important, or a celebrity.
  • v. To visit famous places in order to revere them.
  • v. To behave as a lion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To treat or regard as a lion or object of great interest.
  • transitive v. To show the lions or objects of interest to; to conduct about among objects of interest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To treat as a lion, or as an object of curiosity and interest. See lion, n., 6.
  • To exhibit objects of curiosity to.
  • To visit or explore as a sight-seer: as, to lionize Niagara.
  • To visit the lions or objects of interest or curiosity in a place. Also spelled lionise.

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

  • v. assign great social importance to

Etymologies

From lion +‎ -ize. (Wiktionary)

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  • the right lionizes Ronald Reagan, the left lionizes FDR

    September 24, 2010

  • to treat as a celebrity

    August 1, 2009