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immortalize

[ih-mawr-tl-ahyz] /ɪˈmɔr tlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), immortalized, immortalizing.
1.
to bestow unending fame upon; perpetuate.
2.
to make immortal; endow with immortality.
Also, especially British, immortalise.
Origin of immortalize
1560-1570
1560-70; immortal + -ize
Related forms
immortalizable, adjective
immortalization, noun
immortalizer, noun
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  • Kendall has immortalized this bird in his beautiful poem, "Bell-Birds."

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
  • Not that I defend all that that genius adopted and immortalized.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • Petrarch immortalized his Laura by his verses, and mine shall be immortal in my passion.

  • A Madame de Stael would have immortalized her as another Corrinne.

    Hubert's Wife Minnie Mary Lee
  • Its beauty has challenged the cunning of the painter, and been immortalized by the genius of the poet.

British Dictionary definitions for immortalized

immortalize

/ɪˈmɔːtəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to give everlasting fame to, as by treating in a literary work: Macbeth was immortalized by Shakespeare
2.
to give immortality to
3.
(biology) to cause (cells) to reproduce indefinitely
Derived Forms
immortalization, immortalisation, noun
immortalizer, immortaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for immortalized

immortalize

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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