me·​mo·​ri·​al·​ize | \-ˌlīz \
memorialized; memorializing

Definition of memorialize 

transitive verb

1 : to address or petition by a memorial

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Other Words from memorialize

memorialization \ mə-​ˌmȯr-​ē-​ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən , -​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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This week has seen a series of events to memorialize the longtime public servant, culminating in a service a the National Cathedral this morning. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Henry Kissinger's Eulogy for John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 The letter appeared to be an attempt to memorialize that these events happened, the person said, and that the actions are violations that carry civil penalties or be subject to criminal prosecution. New York Times, "Federal Officials Claim de Blasio Crossed Border Illegally," 11 July 2018 Hailing from this tight-knit industrial city located an hour southwest of Toronto, the 58-year-old software businessman bought the historic CFL franchise to memorialize his younger brother, a lifelong Ticats fan who died of skin cancer in 2002. Alex Prewitt,, "Johnny Manziel’s Last Chance—as a Backup in the CFL," 16 June 2018 This is what love is, remembers his eldest daughter, who was in Cincinnati last week, just days after traveling to Arlington National Cemetery to memorialize her famous father's death 50 years ago. Mark Curnutte,, "He was Daddy: How his eldest daughter remembers Bobby Kennedy," 14 June 2018 Taguba also successfully helped lobby Congress to award a Congressional Gold Medal to memorialize the service and sacrifice of the more than 260,000 Filipino and Filipino-American soldiers who served during World War II. Chris Fuchs /, NBC News, "A retired major general takes on a new mission: making sure World War II vets get their due," 25 May 2018 As of Thursday, about 200 people had registered to participate in the 2.7-mile walk, which begins at 9 a.m. near the National Museum of African American History and Culture and is meant to memorialize those who have died from substance abuse. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "‘I survived. I made it out’: She used to be addicted to crack cocaine. Now, she wants to help opioid abusers.," 10 May 2018 The document also pledges to memorialize unmarked graves of African slaves, and implement policies that will encourage businesses to strive for racial equality. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Charleston, South Carolina, Formally Apologizes for Its Role in the Slave Trade," 20 June 2018 Along with Shaner’s family members, friends and relatives of the other six people who were memorialized traveled from Georgia, New York, Maryland, Delaware and even Japan to take part in the ceremony at sea. Johnny Diaz,, "'Eternal reefs' in the ocean off South Florida memoralize loved ones in a lasting legacy," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of memorialize

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of memorialize was in 1798

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English Language Learners Definition of memorialize

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

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