im·​mor·​tal·​ize | \ i-ˈmȯr-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce immortalize (audio) \
immortalized; immortalizing

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immortalization \ i-​ˌmȯr-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce immortalization (audio) \ noun
immortalizer \ i-​ˈmȯr-​tə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce immortalizer (audio) \ 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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Novelist Dan Simmons immortalized the expedition in his 2007 horror novel, The Terror, which was later adapted into an anthology TV series for AMC in 2018. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Fresh images of HMS Terror shipwreck could clear up lingering mysteries," 30 Aug. 2019 Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas has immortalized Aaliyah with a wax figure, revealing the new figure in a ceremony with her family and fans on Wednesday. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Aaliyah's Wax Figure Unveiled At Madame Tussauds In Las Vegas," 22 Aug. 2019 On Thursday, Vans immortalized the moment with the unveiling of a bronze life-sized statue of Rowley, captured mid-trick, outside the L.A. Convention Center. Jack Harriswriter, Los Angeles Times, "Geoff Rowley’s daring stunt at Convention Center is immortalized with statue," 1 Aug. 2019 The images represent 70 years of American history, immortalized onto glossy paper, mostly in black and white. CBS News, "Rare look inside the Ebony and Jet magazine photo archive that just sold for $30M," 26 July 2019 Great whites, for example—the species Hollywood immortalized as mindless killers—have mouths lined with several rows of up to 300 dagger-like teeth that can easily shred through prey. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "Why are we afraid of sharks? There's a scientific explanation.," 27 June 2019 Irving Penn immortalized two of these in black-and-white photographs for Vogue. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Tom Ford’s Gucci and 1980s BodyMap: These Are the 16 Collections We’d Like to See Reissued Now," 27 Dec. 2018 In March, Joe immortalized what fans have speculated to be an abstract portrait of his fiancée. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Get Tattoos for Their Grandfathers," 22 July 2018 The name, for many Democrats, evokes a golden-hued era in the White House, immortalized on Life Magazine covers and in home movies of touch football on the lawn at Hyannis Port. Michael Levenson,, "For a younger Kennedy, the family name is no guarantee of political success," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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