me·​mo·​ri·​al·​ize mə-ˈmȯr-ē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce memorialize (audio)
memorialized; memorializing

transitive verb

: to address or petition by a memorial
memorialization noun

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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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of memorialize was in 1798

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“Memorialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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me·​mo·​ri·​al·​ize mə-ˈmōr-ē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce memorialize (audio)
memorialized; memorializing
memorialization noun

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