to make a hero of; treat as a hero
Origin of heroizehero + -ize
transitive verbhe·ro·ized, he·ro·iz·ing, he·ro·iz·es
To make a hero of; treat as a hero: was heroized for her medical discoveries.
(third-person singular simple present heroizes, present participle heroizing, simple past and past participle heroized)
- To make someone into a hero.
- To treat someone as if they were a hero.