im·​mor·​tal·​ize | \ i-ˈmȯr-tə-ˌlīz \
immortalized; immortalizing

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Other Words from immortalize

immortalization \ i-​ˌmȯr-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun
immortalizer \ i-​ˈmȯr-​tə-​ˌlī-​zər \ noun

Synonyms for immortalize


eternalize, perpetuate

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Examples of immortalize in a Sentence

The battle was immortalized in a famous poem. The explorers were immortalized when the mountains were named after them.

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Abloh’s recent appointment to Louis Vuitton certainly helped him gain mainstream name recognition, but Off-White clothes are immortalized by streetwear obsessives and Rihanna alike. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 Losers are immortalized on Papa Bob's Wall of Shame. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Ultimate Destroyer: This KC BBQ sandwich made USA Today's list of 'ginormous' foods | The Kansas City Star," 24 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, in Chicago, famed African American journalist Ida B. Wells, who was born a slave and became one of the most prominent activists of her era before her death in 1931, will be immortalized in bronze and granite. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "9 Times Being a Woman in 2018 Was Genuinely Powerful," 30 Oct. 2018 Park Hyatt Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Not since the Vietnam War have the outdoor café tables immortalized in Graham Greene's The Quiet American graced historic Lam Son Square. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Over the course of both the book and the film, Lara Jean learns how to knock the boys immortalized in her letters down a peg, and to take risks in both love and life. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Noah Centineo Wants You to Find Your Own Peter Kavinsky," 6 Sep. 2018 But her leisure wear — the equestrian gear, swimsuits and cotton summer clothes immortalized in photos of family trips — also became a part of her visual imprint. Bonnie Wertheim, New York Times, "Jackie Kennedy’s Packing List for Texas, Chic and Poignant," 3 July 2018 Plenty of famous people have their names immortalized in a latin species name, from David Attenborough (Prethopalpus attenboroughi, the goblin spider) to Hugh Hefner (Sylvilagus palustris hefneri, a rabbit, of course). Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Newly Discovered Ancient Wasp Species Gets Its Name from David Bowie," 23 June 2017 This moment, which the Internet has immortalized in a series of memes, actually happens in some way in every iteration of A Star Is Born. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "10 A Star Is Born Easter Eggs That You May Have Missed," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of immortalize

circa 1566, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of immortalize was circa 1566

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English Language Learners Definition of immortalize

: to cause (someone or something) to be remembered forever

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