• WordNet 3.6
    • v lionize assign great social importance to "The film director was celebrated all over Hollywood","The tenor was lionized in Vienna"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lionize To show the lions or objects of interest to; to conduct about among objects of interest.
    • Lionize To treat or regard as a lion or object of great interest.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lionize To treat as a lion, or as an object of curiosity and interest. See lion, n., 6.
    • lionize To exhibit objects of curiosity to.
    • lionize To visit or explore as a sight-seer: as, to lionize Niagara.
    • lionize To visit the lions or objects of interest or curiosity in a place. Also spelled lionise.
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In literature:

Had they not always lionized my virtuous efforts to the fullest extent!
"Cape Cod Folks" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
All the preceding was written four days ago: cut short by the sudden entrance of Moore, whom I have been lionizing ever since.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1" by Edward FitzGerald
I was mobbed, I was lionized.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
The telephone girl of Etain may be lionized in lyric literature.
"Practical English Composition: Book II." by Edwin L. Miller
They feasted and lionized him, and did their utmost to advance his fortunes.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
They posed as wealthy aristocrats, and Paul was lionized.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Piang was being lionized by the men, toasted and praised in high fashion.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
In her own circle of friends and acquaintances she was lionized.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
All American soldiers in the city were lionized.
"In the Flash Ranging Service" by Edward Alva Trueblood
They were determined to lionize him.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille

In news:

Wallace's emergence as a lionized sports figure, meanwhile, is relatively new, with fairy-tale elements.
They are Lionize and you can hear them roar Sunday at the Crooked I.
Remember how the NYT lionized the Occupy Wall Street vigilantes.
Ethiopian Tyrant Should Not Be Lionized.
97.9 GRD welcomes Streetlight Manifesto and Reel Big Fish, with special guests Rodeo Ruby Love and Lionize, December 6 at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids GRD Freeloaders can enter to win a pair of tickets to the show.
If all that Zola Budd is accused of is visiting her parents in South Africa (Apartheid, Boycotts and a Lonely Runner, The Times, April 24), then, in my opinion, she should be lionized rather than penalized RICHARD WALDSTEIN New York.
One playwright didn't seem to need so much lionizing.
On the tour with Clutch were bands Monstro and Lionize.
He is the president of Brazil, and one of the most lionized leaders in the world.
Lionize and Chicharones will open the show.
Stateside sport compact enthusiasts have lionized Volkswagen's spunky GTI for the better part of 20 years, but did you know there's a more pocket-size variant available across the pond.

In science:

Sometimes one hears the lament that while theorists are lionized, rarely do experimenters get the credit that they deserve.
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