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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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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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 While the 17 minutes of silence were not observed in the inhospitable weather conditions, the names of the latest victims Parkland were read out loud, along with their ages, which were also memorialized on signs that students brought. Charlene Paparizos,, "Gurney Elementary School Hosts ENCORE Curriculum Night: Community Voices," 20 Sep. 2017 Among those at Ilford is Mary, who was also memorialized earlier this year with a plaque in Exeter, where her owner and pigeon loft were originally located. Hilda Kean, WSJ, "‘Operation Columba’ Review: Carriers of Hope," 7 Nov. 2018 While some incidents of political violence quickly fade from public awareness, others have been memorialized. David Crary, The Seattle Times, "Bomb scare rattles those touched by past political violence," 27 Oct. 2018 Since the news conference held by authorities confirmed Rivera’s arrest and the discovery of a body, Mollie’s Facebook page has already been memorialized. Khushbu Shah, Teen Vogue, "Mollie Tibbetts's Body Was Found in a Cornfield. Her Death Was Politicized the Same Day," 22 Aug. 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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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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