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

Definition of solemnize

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

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solemnization \ ˌsä-​ləm-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce solemnize (audio) \ noun

Examples of solemnize in a Sentence

The priest solemnized their marriage.
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "How to get legally married during the coronavirus crisis," 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, "In India, ‘child marriage is like a disease’," 24 June 2018 Paper can also help us with solemnizing our transactions — making them official. David Scharfenberg,, "Paper checks forever?," 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, "No Leonard equals big problems for Spurs at Golden State," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of solemnize

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

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“Solemnize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of solemnize

formal : to mark or celebrate (something) officially or formally especially with a religious ceremony

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