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

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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Vogueworld Penultimate Is a New American Fashion Fantasy, Written By a Chinese Immigrant The Raf Simons era at Calvin Klein has already been memorialized as his Great American Experiment. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Penultimate Is a New American Fashion Fantasy, Written By a Chinese Immigrant," 26 Mar. 2019 They’re worn to honor and memorialize the soldiers who gave their lives to protect our country’s freedom. Elissa Sanci, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Symbolism Behind Memorial Day Poppies," 9 May 2019 One fan even memorialized the series Smash, which was cancelled after just two seasons, with two characters from the show. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "New "Avengers: End Game" Posters Are Being Turned Into Viral Memes," 27 Mar. 2019 Those emails, also memorialized for the House general counsel by Patel, described a closed-door meeting involving senior FBI and Justice Department officials, as well as many of the same House members. Catherine Herridge, Fox News, "Rosenstein launched 'hostile' attack in May against Republicans over Russia records: congressional email," 27 Sep. 2018 Ezekiel memorialized the fall of Jerusalem by building a model of the city and lying down next to it for over a year. Rachel Held Evans, Washington Post, "The Bible is literature for the resistance," 12 July 2018 Ernest Fiene’s monumental ‘‘History of the Needlecraft Industry’’ at the High School of Fashion Industries in Chelsea memorializes the Triangle Shirtwaist fire that killed 146 workers in 1911. Karen Matthews,, "New Deal art experts say painting over mural was vandalism," 16 June 2018 People aren’t often memorializing the fallen with their beer pong games. Vogue, "Is Memorial Day Weekend the Most Obnoxious Holiday on Instagram?," 28 May 2018 But even if history isn't made, a commemorative coin created by members of a White House military unit forever memorializes what could have been. Jim Acosta And Jeremy Diamond, CNN, "Fate of Trump-Kim meeting uncertain, but there will always be a coin," 22 May 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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