immortalize

[ih-mawr-tl-ahyz]

verb (used with object), im·mor·tal·ized, im·mor·tal·iz·ing.

to bestow unending fame upon; perpetuate.
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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immortalize

immortalise

verb (tr)

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

c.1600, noun of action or state from immortalize.

immortalize

v.

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

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