verb (used with object), i·dol·ized, i·dol·iz·ing.
- to regard with blind adoration, devotion, etc.
- to worship as a god.
verb (used without object), i·dol·ized, i·dol·iz·ing.
- to practice idolatry: to idolize as did ancient Greece and Rome.
- (tr) to admire or revere greatly
- (tr) to worship as an idol
- (intr) to worship idols
1590s, from idol + -ize. Related: Idolized; idolizing.