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[ih-mawr-tl-ahyz] /ɪˈmɔr tlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), immortalized, immortalizing.
to bestow unending fame upon; perpetuate.
to make immortal; endow with immortality.
Also, especially British, immortalise.
Origin of immortalize
First recorded in 1560-70; immortal + -ize
Related forms
immortalizable, adjective
immortalization, noun
immortalizer, noun Unabridged
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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


verb (transitive)
to give everlasting fame to, as by treating in a literary work: Macbeth was immortalized by Shakespeare
to give immortality to
(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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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