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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The adults have seemingly memorialized the disappeared teens, but the question remains of which adults knew that the teens were going to disappear and who was responsible. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Netflix renews The Society for season 2, because that cliffhanger needs answers," 9 July 2019 The weekend festivities opened with the Pink Triangle installation Saturday morning at Twin Peaks, memorializing the symbol gay people were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps. Ashley Mcbride,, "Thousands expected at SF Pride parade," 30 June 2019 Who among us would not want to cuddle a baby tiger, memorialized by a shareable photo? Susan Goldberg, National Geographic, "Why we’re shining a light on wildlife tourism," 22 June 2019 To his left, in the wall above his head, a divot made by Donnes’s National Lampoon coffee mug memorialized one of his lower moments. Benjamin Wallace, HWD, "Can Anyone Repair National Lampoon’s Devastated Brand?," 1 May 2017 Organizations such as Densho, which educates the public and memorializes the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, and Tsuru For Solidarity have held protests opposing the detention of child migrants at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "For Japanese Americans, debate over what counts as a ‘concentration camp’ is familiar," 20 June 2019 Rusty has said his father memorialized his wishes in a 2006 will. Patrick Danner,, "Fight escalates over assets left by founder of Rush Enterprises," 19 June 2019 Storytelling, singing, and dancing celebrate and memorialize the dead. Erin Macleod, The New York Review of Books, "Dancehall: Raising the Voices of the Dead," 22 May 2019 The hundreds of people buried in Waltham’s MetFern Cemetery are memorialized not with names, but with crude codes. Ysabelle Kempe,, "High school class uncovers identities of those in cemetery for disabled," 12 June 2019

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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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