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verb (used with object), im·mor·tal·ized, im·mor·tal·iz·ing.
  1. to bestow unending fame upon; perpetuate.
  2. to make immortal; endow with immortality.
Also especially British, im·mor·tal·ise.

Origin of immortalize

First recorded in 1560–70; immortal + -ize
Related formsim·mor·ta·liz·a·ble, adjectiveim·mor·tal·i·za·tion, nounim·mor·tal·iz·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for immortalise

Historical Examples

  • Why pass over the success, and endeavour to immortalise the failure?

    Short Studies on Great Subjects

    James Anthony Froude

  • I feel convinced that this invention of mine will immortalise me.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy

    Captain Frederick Marryat

  • The author was a Chinaman, whose ingenuity should immortalise him.

  • It was burnt by an Ephesian, who thus desired to immortalise his name.

  • Unfortunately Cowper was not with us to immortalise our adventure.

British Dictionary definitions for immortalise



verb (tr)
  1. to give everlasting fame to, as by treating in a literary workMacbeth was immortalized by Shakespeare
  2. to give immortality to
  3. biology to cause (cells) to reproduce indefinitely
Derived Formsimmortalization or immortalisation, nounimmortalizer or immortaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for immortalise



1560s, from immortal + -ize. Perhaps modeled on Middle French immortaliser. Related: Immortalized; immortalizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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