memorialize

verb
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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Other Words from memorialize

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 Foods such as sugar skulls, sweet bread rolls and drinks are placed alongside clay decorations and personal items on Ofrendas (altars) to memorialize those who have passed. USA Today, "The Day of the Dead: Explained in graphics," 30 Oct. 2019 The 9/11 museum is a nonprofit on the 16-acre site where more than 2,700 people died and are memorialized with two reflecting pools in the footprints of the fallen twin towers. Washington Post, "New Sept. 11 exhibit stages the hunt for Osama bin Laden," 23 Oct. 2019 Such was the case for 29-year-old Sahar Khodayari, now memorialized as Iran’s Blue Girl. Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times, "Iranian women allowed to attend FIFA soccer match at home for the first time in decades," 10 Oct. 2019 At first glance, the statue might seem an odd addition to the bright lights and bustle of New York’s flashiest hub, an antiquated relic of a time when prominent men were memorialized with equestrian monuments. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A New Statue in Times Square Challenges the Symbolism of Confederate Monuments," 27 Sep. 2019 Booth recently died and was memorialized in a New York Times obituary as an iconoclast. John Warner, chicagotribune.com, "The Biblioracle goes to Hay-on-Wye, a Welsh Shangri-La for book lovers," 25 Sep. 2019 After all, the American Revolutionary War was won with help from the French, and a French general, Comte de Rochambeau, is memorialized in a statue visible from the oval office in the White House. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Meet the intriguing presidential candidate you haven’t seen on the debate stage," 17 Aug. 2019 Drane’s coding skills were put to the ultimate test less than a year later, during the nearly disastrous flight of Apollo 13 in 1970, a life-and-death epic memorialized in the film of the same name starring Tom Hanks. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "How Massachusetts made the Apollo 11 moon landing possible," 13 July 2019 This won't be Obama's first time being memorialized on-screen. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Viola Davis Will Play Michelle Obama in an Upcoming Series About U.S. First Ladies," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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memorialize

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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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