Etymology
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idolize (v.)

1590s, "to admire excessively," from idol + -ize. Literal sense "worship as an idol" is from 1660s. Related: Idolized; idolizing.

updated on October 07, 2015

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Definitions of idolize from WordNet

idolize (v.)
love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol;
Many teenagers idolized the Beatles
Synonyms: idolise / worship / hero-worship / revere
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