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 According to court records, challenge coins and other items were made to memorialize the injury. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "The 'deeply flawed' protest case that won't go away: Prosecutor explains rationale for street gang charges," 3 May 2021 She was outspoken in media interviews, determined to memorialize his life and his impact on his congregants and community. Rifat Malik, Dallas News, "A ‘powerhouse’ for peace: Janice Lord’s interfaith women’s group looks for common ground," 28 Apr. 2021 Tight budgets delayed the work until the 1950s, when the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision spurred Georgia’s segregationist governor, Marvin Griffin, to redouble efforts to memorialize Confederate history in the state. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Georgia Weighs Changes to Stone Mountain Park, a ‘Shrine to White Supremacy’," 28 Apr. 2021 And shelves of glass jars, filled with soil from across the South, an effort to memorialize those lost to lynching. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Montgomery, Alabama: Confronting America’s painful past at the Legacy Museum, along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail," 1 Apr. 2021 Earlier this year, the school announced a new committee that will conduct a comprehensive survey of Harvard’s collections, develop new policies and propose ways to memorialize and repatriate the remains. Chip Colwell, The Conversation, "US museums hold the remains of thousands of Black people," 24 Mar. 2021 Legions of women have been sharing their experiences of attacks great and small, gathering to memorialize Everard (including the Duchess of Cambridge) and express outrage at having to move through a constantly predatory world. Raven Smith, Vogue, "On Sarah Everard and Protesting a Predatory World," 17 Mar. 2021 No one will deny the need to acknowledge and memorialize the tragic death of George Floyd. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Derek Chauvin trial, George Floyd Square, trans athletics, Gopher hockey," 17 Mar. 2021 On what would have been her 50th birthday, the Smithsonian is expanding its collection to memorialize late Tejano songstress Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "New Selena photography from a Texas artist will be showcased in Smithsonian," 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of memorialize

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 May 2021

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“Memorialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 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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