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

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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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The Thai navy SEALs — along with the international team of divers who traveled to Mae Sai, the town nearest the cavern, to help — have quickly become immortalized as modern-day superheroes in various pieces of artwork. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "‘Hooyah, Hooyah, Hooyah’: Jubilation at Thai cave rescue spreads across the world," 10 July 2018 His face has been immortalized, too, after it was emblazoned on a shirt for LRS’s Fall 2018 collection. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Johnny Petrozzino Is the 57-Year-Old Male Model Capturing Young Hearts," 18 June 2018 Besides contributing a zillion jokes, Reiss has been immortalized on The Simpsons, not always voluntarily. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Springfield Confidential' spills juicy secrets of 'The Simpsons'," 11 June 2018 Author Tom Wolfe, who immortalized America's astronauts in The Right Stuff, died in a Manhattan hospital on Monday, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal report. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Reports: Tom Wolfe, author of 'The Right Stuff' and 'Bonfire of the Vanities,' dies at 87," 15 May 2018 Twice, serendipitous encounters in department stores steered him toward what would become his life’s work: immortalizing sharply observed moments through a nonjudgmental, unsentimental humanist lens. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Clemens Kalischer, 97, Refugee Photographer of Humanity, Dies," 15 June 2018 Getty Images Following in the footsteps of Kim, Kylie and Kendall, new mom Koko is the latest member of the Kardashian-Jenner fam to be immortalized forever, with her statue unveiled on Tuesday morning at Madame Tussauds Los Angeles. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Khloe Kardashian's New Waxwork Is Next Level Realistic," 27 June 2018 Who wouldn't want to be immortalized for a penchant for going sockless (Devin Barbour). Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "TMHS Grads Challenged To Change The World," 26 June 2018 And just hours later, the hats surfaced on eBay, selling for over $100 to customers who want to immortalize the league's mistake. Nihal Kolur,, "Indians' Chief Wahoo Hats With Jackie Robinson Patch Already Being Sold on eBay," 16 Apr. 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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