Definition of iconize in US English:


(British iconise)


[with object]
  • 1Computing
    Reduce (a window on a screen) to a small symbol or graphic.

    • ‘You can drag windows from the pager into the icon box to iconize the window without actually going to the desktop the window lives in.’
    • ‘In essence, they are an alternative to iconizing windows.’
    • ‘Animations, including 3-D animations for iconizing windows, were generally fairly smooth.’
  • 2Treat as an icon.

    ‘they iconized him as an iron-jawed symbol of American manhood’
    • ‘A traditionalist who believed a woman's place was in the home, Gaskell sought not to celebrate their work, but to ‘exonerate and iconise the authors’.’
    • ‘I wholly support organic production and believe it to be the only sane way to produce food but we must not iconise it at the expense of common sense.’
    • ‘And inevitably, Heather Small singing that piece iconised during the Sydney Olympics and now part of that car ad.’
    • ‘We iconise Ralph Hotere, we've sold 200,000, 300,000 dollars of his work.’
    • ‘They have been iconised in billboards and adverts across America - as symbols of strength, courage and self-sacrifice.’
    • ‘Powerful nationalist and martial forces iconised him as The Last Anzac.’
    • ‘The very front cover of Mona in the Promised Land iconizes food rituals while taking up the circular trope that the narrator, through Seth, employs to distinguish Japanese and Chinese societies from individualistic Americans.’
    • ‘Koraichi's installation iconizes al-Rumi's journey across continents through Turkish ceramic ablution basins, Moroccan gold-embroidered silk, and metal.’
    • ‘Now we have real GI's being iconized for looking like Robert Mitchum.’
    • ‘It is evident in the great popularity in 1920s movies of the vamp, a dark, ‘orientalized’ individual iconized on the movie screen in Pola Negri, Vilma Banky, and Natasha Rambova.’