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[sol-uh m-nahyz]
verb (used with object), sol·em·nized, sol·em·niz·ing.
  1. to perform the ceremony of (marriage).
  2. to hold or perform (ceremonies, rites, etc.) in due manner.
  3. to observe or commemorate with rites or ceremonies: to solemnize an occasion with prayer.
  4. to go through with ceremony or formality.
  5. to render solemn, serious, or grave; dignify.
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verb (used without object), sol·em·nized, sol·em·niz·ing.
  1. to become solemn; conduct oneself with solemnity.
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Also especially British, sol·em·nise.

Origin of solemnize

1350–1400; Middle English solempnise < Medieval Latin sōlemnizāre, equivalent to Latin sōlemnis solemn + -izāre -ize
Related formssol·em·ni·za·tion, nounsol·em·niz·er, nounun·sol·em·nized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for solemnised

Historical Examples

  • Even the pirates seemed to be solemnised by what had passed.

    Freaks on the Fells

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • “That will be clever,” returned the chief, solemnised in spite of himself.

    The Giant of the North

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Even the Indians were solemnised by what appeared to be a death-scene.

    Twice Bought

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • “It was a narrow escape, Betsy,” said Marie, solemnised by the incident.

  • Divine service was to be solemnised every morning and evening.

    Sir Walter Ralegh

    William Stebbing

British Dictionary definitions for solemnised



verb (tr)
  1. to celebrate or observe with rites or formal ceremonies, as a religious occasion
  2. to celebrate or perform the ceremony of (marriage)
  3. to make solemn or serious
  4. to perform or hold (ceremonies, etc) in due manner
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Derived Formssolemnization or solemnisation, nounsolemnizer or solemniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for solemnised



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.

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