me·​mo·​ri·​al·​ize | \ -ˌlīz How to pronounce memorialize (audio) \
memorialized; memorializing

Definition of memorialize

transitive verb

1 : to address or petition by a memorial

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memorialization \ mə-​ˌmȯr-​ē-​ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce memorialization (audio) , -​ˌlī-​ˈzā-​ \ noun

Synonyms for memorialize


commemorate, monumentalize

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Examples of memorialize in a Sentence

an exciting period in history that has been memorialized in many popular books and movies at the entrance to the park stands a statue memorializing the novelist Sir Walter Scott

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Flags flew at half-staff and meetings began with moments of silence across the United Nations on Monday as workers and officials memorialized the 21 staff members of the world body killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash. Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ, "U.N. Remembers Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Crash," 11 Mar. 2019 The source of the quotes were Justice Department memos memorializing meetings that took place in the aftermath of Trump’s firing of James Comey as FBI director. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Moral anchors aweigh on Kavanaugh, Rosenstein," 24 Sep. 2018 Glen’s announcement is met with whooping and cheering and applause—along with suggestions from several Girl Scouts who feel strongly that Eleanor Roosevelt should be among the first memorialized. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "New York City Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen Is Making Her Hometown the Best Place on Earth for Women," 24 Oct. 2018 Many families who do not want to possess cremated remains choose this option and then memorialize their pets by planting a tree or placing a marker somewhere, like their yard. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "Pet Euthanasia at Home: 6 Ways to Make Putting Down Your Pet Easier on Them—and You," 25 Oct. 2018 He was memorialized exactly one week after he was found shot to death in an office building near Hayden and Mountain View roads. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "'Death can't take away all the good': Slain counselor Marshall Levine remembered," 9 June 2018 Bree’s act of defiance against a symbol of hate has been memorialized in photographs and artwork and has become a symbol of courage, resistance and the empowerment of women. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 Tibbetts was memorialized Sunday afternoon at a ceremony in the gymnasium of Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom High School in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa. Fox News, "Latest: Suspect in Iowa student's killing hires new lawyers," 27 Aug. 2018 The guitarist, who is survived by his son Dorian Angelo Santolla, has been memorialized by his musical peers including Sebastian Bach and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G. See the tributes below. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Former Deicide & Sebastian Bach Guitarist Ralph Santolla Dies at 48," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of memorialize

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of memorialize

formal : to do or create something that causes people to remember (a person, thing, or event)

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