transitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
- to cause to be more widely known, more easily understood, etc.; popularize
- to make vulgar, coarse, unrefined, obscene, etc.
transitive verbvul·gar·ized, vul·gar·iz·ing, vul·gar·iz·es
- To make vulgar; debase: “What appalls him is the sheer cheesiness of TV iniquity. Television has even vulgarized hell” ( Jack Kroll )
- To disseminate widely; popularize.
(third-person singular simple present vulgarizes, present participle vulgarizing, simple past and past participle vulgarized)