mon·​u·​men·​tal·​ize | \ ˌmän-yə-ˈmen-tᵊl-ˌīz How to pronounce monumentalize (audio) \
monumentalized; monumentalizing

Definition of monumentalize

transitive verb

: to record or memorialize lastingly by a monument

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adding to the appeal of the Taj Mahal is the fact that it monumentalizes one man's undying love for his wife
Recent Examples on the Web His compositions monumentalize the small trees, centering them in a serene lake or a drift of snow, or positioning them to perfectly frame a mountain peak or the moon. Briana Miller, oregonlive, 12 Jan. 2021 Above all, Zumthor brought a drive to monumentalize Govan’s ambition. Joseph Giovannini, The New York Review of Books, 2 Oct. 2020 Their corsets were visible under sheer scrims of chiffon set into flannel jackets, marbelized sequins monumentalizing flesh. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2018 Even former presidents far better at simulating modesty have been unable to resist monumentalizing themselves for posterity. Jeet Heer, New Republic, 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of monumentalize

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Monumentalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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