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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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 Shortly after Trump's inauguration, Trump sought a promise of loyalty from Comey during a private dinner, according to Comey, who memorialized that in a memo. Anchorage Daily News, "Comey memos offer new details on his interactions with Trump as probe intensified," 20 Apr. 2018 Wojnarowicz was with him at the end, and in a radically memorializing gesture, took on-the-spot photographs of his friend’s corpse: head, hands, feet. New York Times, "He Spoke Out During the AIDS Crisis. See Why His Art Still Matters.," 12 July 2018 There's also numerous issues that this report doesn't address, from the handling of the Russia investigation itself to issues like how Comey dealt with his memos memorializing his conversations with Trump. Marshall Cohen, CNN, "6 takeaways from the Justice watchdog report on the Clinton email investigation," 14 June 2018 On April 20, the day of the National Student Walkout, Kennedy and a friend organized a demonstration before school to promote the #NeverAgain movement and memorialize the lives lost to gun violence. Sarah Emily Baum, Teen Vogue, "What It Was Like Being at Sante Fe High School During the Shooting," 24 May 2018 The memos Trump appears to reference are ones that Comey wrote memorializing his meetings and phone calls with the president – which have since become public. Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump assails Comey in tweetstorm, calls for ex-FBI director to be imprisoned," 15 Apr. 2018 Not even Thomas Hart Benton, the famed Missouri painter who memorialized the black man's image, could remember his name. Eric Adler, kansascity, "Mystery of Missouri black man in Thomas Hart Benton mural is finally solved | The Kansas City Star," 9 Apr. 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

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

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