Definition of lionize in English:

lionize

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Give a lot of public attention and approval to (someone); treat as a celebrity.

    ‘modern athletes are lionized’
    • ‘In 1778, after an absence of 28 years, he made a triumphal return to Paris, where he was lionized for four months in a way few writers can ever have experienced.’
    • ‘Nehru eulogized him and lionized him as a great secularist and anti-feudal.’
    • ‘His audience is polarised, either denouncing him as a fraud or lionising him as some kind of spiritual leader.’
    • ‘But he succeeds notably in sustaining enthusiasm across 751 pages, taking a wise and soulful man who was inept at courting popular opinion and lionizing him.’
    • ‘The chilling thing is that he and those who lionize him seem to want his predictions to come true.’
    • ‘He is lionised in Europe but expects his latest film to open in 10 times as many cinemas in France than in Britain.’
    • ‘The first show lionized him as part of photography's distinguished history; critics consistently viewed him as the most modern of the old guard.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, he is a flamboyant showman, fond of electric blue suits, who once turned up on a motorbike to wild applause at the Cannes festival, where he is lionised.’
    • ‘So we can dwell on his failings, or we can lionize him.’
    • ‘Yet when some bozo on a talk show confesses to an addiction or a perversion in front of millions of viewers, he's lionized as ‘courageous’ for speaking out.’
    • ‘I just never understand why he was lionized by some as ‘an incredibly talented yarn-spinner.’’
    • ‘People will lionize you as the Voice of a Generation.’
    • ‘He has magic feet but those who lament rather than lionise him say that he is a hostage to tragic attitude.’
    • ‘During a visit to Britain in 1886 he was lionized with genuine enthusiasm and affection.’
    • ‘He was lionised in fashionable and clever society.’
    • ‘When his early results seemed to find positive effects for school integration, he was lionized by the profession.’
    • ‘But she is lionised by her mother as a juvenile intellectual.’
    • ‘He was lionized by aristocratic and literary London, survived a hectic love affair with Lady Caroline Lamb, and became the constant companion of Augusta.’
    • ‘Sometimes it comes to you, but at Leeds (where he was lionised by supporters) it got a bit silly towards the end.’
    • ‘He gets an evening devoted to lionizing him Thursday night by a group that considers itself progressive.’
    celebrate, fete, glorify, honour, bestow honour on, exalt, acclaim, admire, commend, sing the praises of, sound the praises of, praise, extol, applaud, hail, make a fuss of, make a fuss over, make much of, cry up, venerate, eulogize, sing paeans to, reverence, pay homage to, pay tribute to, put on a pedestal, hero-worship, worship, idolize, adulate
    aggrandize
    laud, panegyrize
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Pronunciation:

lionize

/ˈlīəˌnīz/