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popularize

verb [T] (UK usually popularise) uk   /ˈpɒp.jʊ.lə.raɪz/  us   /ˈpɑː.pjə-/

popularize verb [T] (LIKED)

to make something become popular: It was Pavarotti in the 1980s who really popularized opera.

popularize verb [T] (GENERAL)

to make something known and understood by ordinary people: Television has an important role to play in popularizing new scientific ideas.
popularization
noun [U] (UK usually popularisation) uk   /ˌpɒp.jʊ.lə.raɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌpɑː.pjə.lɚ.ə-/
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