me·​mo·​ri·​al·​ize | \ mə-ˈmȯr-ē-ə-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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web But how the site will be memorialized is still up for discussion. Bobby Caina Calvan, USA TODAY, "Slave cemetery discovered under Florida country club raises discussion: How to honor it?," 27 Dec. 2019 But how the site will be memorialized is still up for discussion. NBC News, "Slave cemetery poses questions for country club in Florida's capital city," 26 Dec. 2019 But how the site will be memorialized is still up for discussion. Washington Post, "Slave cemetery poses questions for Florida country club," 26 Dec. 2019 Sully Bush, the service dog of the late President George H.W. Bush, will be memorialized with his own statue. Houston Chronicle, "The late president George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully Bush, getting his own statue," 25 Oct. 2019 The stories behind each of those individuals deserve to be memorialized. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: RTD botched a chance to help the National Medal of Honor Museum," 19 Sep. 2019 Jazz great Marcus Belgrave will become the latest Detroit music figure to be memorialized in the city's theater district. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Jazz great Marcus Belgrave getting a street in downtown Detroit," 28 Aug. 2019 Lorenzen, the former Highlands and University of Kentucky standout quarterback who died July 3, will be memorialized via decal on the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. Jason Hoffman,, "Jared Lorenzen to be honored in Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway Friday night," 11 July 2019 Lifelong public servant Senator John McCain, who died Saturday after a year-long battle with brain cancer, will reportedly be memorialized by two former presidents. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "President Trump Reportedly Will Not Attend John McCain's Funeral," 29 Aug. 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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16 Jan 2020

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“Memorialize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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a feeling of well-being or elation

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