- to perform the ceremony of (marriage).
- to hold or perform (ceremonies, rites, etc.) in due manner.
- to observe or commemorate with rites or ceremonies: to solemnize an occasion with prayer.
- to go through with ceremony or formality.
- to render solemn, serious, or grave; dignify.
Origin of solemnize
Examples from the Web for solemnize
I prefer, however, to solemnize marriage in the church, when possible.Victor's Triumph
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
No melody was like a passing spright160 If it went not to solemnize thy reign.Endymion
There are no priests here, no churches here, no god to solemnize a marriage.The Moon Colony
William Dixon Bell
This day, so marked in my life, lacked no circumstance that was needed to solemnize it.The Lily of the Valley
Honore de Balzac
You give me your word, then, that it is a marriage I ought to solemnize?The End Of The World
- to celebrate or observe with rites or formal ceremonies, as a religious occasion
- to celebrate or perform the ceremony of (marriage)
- to make solemn or serious
- to perform or hold (ceremonies, etc) in due manner
Word Origin and History for solemnize
late 14c., "honor by ceremonies," from Old French solemnisier, from Medieval Latin solemnizare, from Latin solemnis (see solemn). Meaning "render solemn" is from 1726. Related: Solemnized; solemnizing.