solemnize

verb

sol·​em·​nize ˈsä-ləm-ˌnīz How to pronounce solemnize (audio)
solemnized; solemnizing

transitive verb

1
: to observe or honor with solemnity
2
: to perform with pomp or ceremony
especially : to celebrate (a marriage) with religious rites
3
: to make solemn : dignify

intransitive verb

: to speak or act with solemnity
solemnization noun

Examples of solemnize in a Sentence

The priest solemnized their marriage.
Recent Examples on the Web The vows were solemnized by Hunter S. Thompson who was an ordained minister. Rory Feehan, SPIN, 9 Nov. 2023 Once received, the license must be solemnized with a ceremony conducted by someone recognized as having the legal power do so. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2020 According to custom in these conservative Hindu communities, while weddings are often solemnized at very young ages, a bride typically is sent to live with her husband’s family and consummate the union in her teens. Author: Shashank Bengali, Anchorage Daily News, 24 June 2018 Paper can also help us with solemnizing our transactions — making them official. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Apr. 2018 There is no marker to solemnize the death of the Spurs' unmatched dynasty: RIP 1997-2017. Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of solemnize was in the 14th century

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“Solemnize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solemnize. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

solemnize

verb
sol·​em·​nize ˈsäl-əm-ˌnīz How to pronounce solemnize (audio)
solemnized; solemnizing
1
: to observe or honor with solemnity
2
: to perform with ceremony
especially : to unite in marriage with religious ceremony
3
: to make solemn : dignify
solemnization noun

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