[pop-yuh-luh-rahyz] /ˈpɒp yə ləˌraɪz/

verb (used with object), popularized, popularizing.
to make :
to popularize a dance.
verb (transitive)
to make popular; make attractive to the general public
to make or cause to become easily understandable or acceptable

1797, noun of action from popularize.

“to make a complex topic intelligible to the people,” 1833, from popular + -ize. Earlier “to cater to popular taste” (1590s); “to make popular” (1797). Related: Popularized; popularizing.


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