Definition of lionize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

lionize

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈlaɪəˌnaɪz//
 
lionize somebody(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lionize
 
he / she / it lionizes
 
past simple lionized
 
-ing form lionizing
 
 
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to treat someone as a famous or important person
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