Definition of popularize in US English:


(British popularise)


[with object]
  • 1Cause (something) to become generally liked.

    ‘his books have done much to popularize the sport’
    • ‘Along with that, he is widely credited with popularizing the sport of mountain biking in Belgium.’
    • ‘Someone may form some sort of acting guild and spread or popularize it in the form of something like the samurai ‘cut-em-up’ film.’
    • ‘These groups could have played a genuinely catalytic role in becoming true stakeholders in the plan for a plan process and popularizing the idea in progressive circles and grassroots forums.’
    • ‘Now I am prepared to devote my time and energy to popularizing the profession among other women, especially those who lack self-esteem, and to plough back the knowledge I have gained by making a difference in someone's life.’
    • ‘But we will have to work hard to popularise the sport in India.’
    • ‘In fact, the Indian Roller Skating School has endeavoured to popularise this all-year sport as a physical training discipline in schools and colleges.’
    • ‘First it was necessary to popularize the view of universities across the country as an unmitigated breeding ground for ‘terrorist thought.’’
    • ‘Oscillating universe ideas were popularized by atheists like the late Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov solely to avoid the notion of a beginning, with its implications of a Creator.’
    • ‘A 1999 document put out by Intelligent Design proponents drew a 20-year road map for legitimizing and then popularizing their views.’
    • ‘‘He's an awesome exponent who's helped to popularise the sport all around the world,’ Wharry says of the man whose endurance record she is determined to beat.’
    • ‘Easily the most influential artist in the music's relatively brief history, Marley not only had a hand in popularizing the genre, he's also been revealed over time as an uncommonly gifted songwriter.’
    • ‘It is said to be a reminder of how important a female monarch was in popularising the sport.’
    • ‘Still, the human rights NGOs have done important work in popularizing the idea of human rights and in drawing international attention to egregious violations.’
    • ‘One more reason for setting up the artificial wall is also to promote and popularise adventure sports in city and the State, besides holding periodic competitions.’
    • ‘André-Adolphe-Eugène Diséri popularized this format in Europe in 1854, and it spread to the United States by 1858.’
    • ‘England, of course, gave us Darwin, who built on the belief of millions of years, and popularized an idea that has spread throughout the world, leaving destruction in its wake.’
    • ‘Some countries have had some success with improved cooking stoves, solar water heaters and similar devices, but the usual experience is that demand dries up the moment that subsidies for popularizing them are withdrawn.’
    • ‘The involvement of an Irish girls team is the logical extension of the drive by the Irish Cycling Federation to popularise the sport among the fairer sex.’
    • ‘Syarif discussed the need to popularize the sport earlier this year.’
    • ‘He points out that clubs help rally local fans for group activities and even participation in formal motorcycle racing competitions to further popularize the sport.’
    make fashionable, make popular, bring into vogue, create a fashion for
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    1. 1.1 Make (something technical, scientific, or academic) accessible or interesting to the general public by presenting it in a readily understandable form.
      ‘they are skilled at popularizing the technical aspects of genetics’
      • ‘In many ways one can look at Wilkins's work as popularising the more technical writings of Mersenne.’
      • ‘She said that with this manual, what has been an almost unheard of exercise could be popularised, made easier to understand and made more accessible to families.’
      • ‘Since then, citizens' rights to property, and freedom of speech and publication have been institutionalized and popularized.’
      • ‘That's the differentiation between Stanislavsky and what's come to be popularized as The Method, from what I understand.’
      • ‘Einstein's popularizing book, Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, and The Meaning of Relativity, seem to convey his endorsement of a phenomenological account of the nature of space and time.’
      • ‘In many ways I think he's the new Stephen Jay Gould, synthesizing and popularizing complex scientific ideas.’
      • ‘The corollary of this, that combinations are necessarily against the public interest, Smith also popularised.’
      • ‘This doctrine had a small army of both academic and popularizing authors.’
      • ‘A variety of newspapers create special weekly IT supplements to popularise and familiarize the use of the Internet for educational, research and employment purposes.’
      • ‘Newton's more difficult texts were distilled to their essentials and popularised in pamphlets and lecture tours by senior scientists from the Royal Academy.’
      • ‘Why weren't they more accessible and popularised?’
      • ‘The idea that television can be used as a tool for promoting education and scientific temper among children has been popularised by the SIET, which is under the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development.’
      • ‘The silver lining is the State ranks that the students of the school have bagged in Philosophy, a subject that they say has been popularised largely by the efforts of their teaching staff.’
      • ‘It is a well thought out programme to popularise Indian classical music to young generation as well as provide access to students in rural areas to learn traditional music.’
      • ‘Milton Erickson and his successors have popularized the more general and permissive approach that the authors term the ‘new hypnosis’.’
      • ‘But despite such devaluations, the status of dormancy has risen somewhat due to specialized as well as popularized sleep research.’
      • ‘Probably the one publication which has done more than any other to popularize the Cognitive Linguistics movement was Lakoff and Johnson's short and very readable book, Metaphors We Live By.’
      • ‘Because of the fundamental role of mathematics in the science of information security, cryptography provides an excellent vehicle for popularizing mathematics among students and the general public.’
      • ‘Since the issue has been popularised, ‘more respondents may be giving what they perceive to be a legally safer answer to a question about the type of songs they download,’ the survey wisely notes.’
      • ‘It has not only drawn a new generation of students into science and technology, but also popularized its sphere of scientific know-how.’
      simplify, make accessible, give mass-market appeal to, familiarize
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