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immortalize

[ih-mawr-tl-ahyz]
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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.
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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 immortalize

Historical Examples

  • "Turn actress, and immortalize your name," said Sister Vashti, striking an attitude.

    The Universal Reciter

    Various

  • And he had chosen this bright spot whereon to immortalize his name.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart

  • I was free to immortalize them; and my fiddling was thenceforth a work of supererogation.

    Mystic London:

    Charles Maurice Davies

  • His commentary on Hogarth is said of itself to immortalize his fame.

  • He is designing to immortalize himself and the Six Hundred at once.

    Ralph Wilton's weird

    Mrs. Alexander


British Dictionary definitions for immortalize

immortalize

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
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Derived Formsimmortalization or immortalisation, nounimmortalizer or immortaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for immortalize

v.

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

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