transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1809 1. to treat as an object of great interest or importance 2. British to show the sights of a place to • lionization nounlionizer noun

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  • Lionize — Li on*ize (l[imac] [u^]n*[imac]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lionized} (l[imac] [u^]n*[imac]zd), p. pr. & vb. n. {Lionizing} (l[imac] [u^]n*[imac] z[i^]ng).] 1. To treat or regard as a lion or object of great interest. J. D. Forbes. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lionize — index honor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lionize — to treat (someone) as a celebrity, a hybrid from LION (Cf. lion) + IZE (Cf. ize). Used by Scott, 1809, and preserving lion in the sense of person of note who is much sought after (1715), originally in reference to the lions formerly kept in the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lionize — (Amer.) li·on·ize || laɪənaɪz v. treat a person like a celebrity; seek the company of celebrities; (British) visit interesting sites; show sights of a place to (also lionise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lionize — [v] celebrate acclaim, adulate, aggrandize, eulogize, exalt, glorify, hero worship, honor, idolize, immortalize, praise, roll out the red carpet*, show respect, worship; concept 69 …   New thesaurus

  • lionize — (also lionise) ► VERB ▪ treat as a celebrity. DERIVATIVES lionization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • lionize — [lī′ə nīz΄] vt. lionized, lionizing [ LION + IZE] 1. to treat as a celebrity 2. Brit. to visit the interesting sights of (a place) lionization n. lionizer n …   English World dictionary

  • lionize — UK [ˈlaɪənaɪz] / US [ˈlaɪəˌnaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms lionize : present tense I/you/we/they lionize he/she/it lionizes present participle lionizing past tense lionized past participle lionized to treat someone as though they are famous or …   English dictionary

  • lionize — lionization, n. lionizer, n. /luy euh nuyz /, v., lionized, lionizing. v.t. 1. to treat (a person) as a celebrity: to lionize the visiting poet. 2. Brit. to visit or exhibit the objects of interest of (a place). v.i. 3. to pursue celebrities or… …   Universalium

  • lionize — [[t]la͟ɪ͟ənaɪz[/t]] lionizes, lionizing, lionized VERB If someone is lionized, they are treated as if they are very important or special by a particular group of people, often when they do not really deserve to be. [FORMAL] [be V ed] By the 1920… …   English dictionary

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