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 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,, "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 The words are memorialized on a mural of a bloodied, victorious Diaz painted on the side of a building in his hometown, the last word replaced by an ellipsis. John Branch, New York Times, "U.F.C. Needs an Antihero: Nate Diaz Returns Just in Time," 15 Aug. 2019 A year after the USS Little sank, D'Amelio was declared dead and memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "A Purple Heart that was mistakenly donated to Goodwill will be returned to a sailor's family," 10 July 2019 The journalist, the player and the fan: the important role of each has been memorialized here in Alabama over the last few weeks. Joseph Goodman |,, "Emotional month for Auburn, Alabama shows the power of sports," 14 June 2019 The face of the past comes to look like the faces of those who memorialize it. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?," 16 Sep. 2019 Each of these victories was memorialized by new cities, elaborate temples, and massive statues erected all over his realm. Esther Pons, National Geographic, "Epic engineering rescued colossal ancient Egyptian temples from floodwaters," 17 July 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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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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