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 memorialize (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 Loss and change are features of our existence—features, not bugs, as our Silicon Valley overlords might put it, the same overlords who coaxed us to memorialize our every living moment on cell-phone cameras in the first place. Kim Kierkegaardashian, The New Yorker, "Ask Kim Kierkegaardashian: In Search of Lost Before-Times Selfies," 2 Dec. 2020 And to memorialize the visit, many companies provide a keepsake video of the interaction. Washington Post, "How to visit Santa using the magic of Zoom, streaming video or even AI," 18 Dec. 2020 Those boards would end up becoming canvases for residents, who used them to create art, spread inspiration and memorialize Floyd. Gloria Casas,, "Boards that protected downtown Elgin windows will serve as impetus for documentary, mural," 20 Nov. 2020 In lieu of its normal programming, SJSA is presently encouraging participation in their Remembrance Project, which aims to memorialize people who have lost their lives due to senseless violence. Megan Embrey, House Beautiful, "The Social Justice Sewing Academy Fosters Dialogue Through Quilting," 16 Dec. 2020 It’s from a woman who wanted to memorialize her 13-year-old daughter, Anna. Sydney Combs, National Geographic, "How art helps us make sense of COVID-19's incomprehensible toll," 18 Nov. 2020 Though professional photographers memorialize so many life milestones — graduations and engagements, weddings and births — Americans' notorious discomfort with death makes funeral photography rare. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, "Minnesota photographers offer comfort through funeral and remembrance photography," 18 Dec. 2020 Here are some suggestions for how to remember a beloved pet, ease your sense of loss, and memorialize your furry companion this holiday season. Jonathan Bender, NBC News, "Memorial pet gifts 2020: Pet remembrance and sympathy gifts," 14 Dec. 2020 And this administration has done nothing to memorialize this stunning number of lives lost -- instead choosing to downplay, minimize, and ignore whenever possible. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Twenty thousand flags placed on National Mall to memorialize Covid-19 deaths in the US," 23 Sep. 2020

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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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5 Feb 2021

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“Memorialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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