[ sol-uhm-nahyz ]
See synonyms for: solemnizesolemnizedsolemnization on

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.

  1. to observe or commemorate with rites or ceremonies: to solemnize an occasion with prayer.

  2. to go through with ceremony or formality.

  3. to render solemn, serious, or grave; dignify.

verb (used without object),sol·em·nized, sol·em·niz·ing.
  1. to become solemn; conduct oneself with solemnity.

Origin of solemnize

1350–1400; Middle English solempnise<Medieval Latin sōlemnizāre, equivalent to Latin sōlemnissolemn + -izāre-ize
  • Also especially British, sol·em·nise .

Other words from solemnize

  • sol·em·ni·za·tion, noun
  • sol·em·niz·er, noun
  • un·sol·em·nized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use solemnize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for solemnize



/ (ˈsɒləmˌnaɪz) /

  1. to celebrate or observe with rites or formal ceremonies, as a religious occasion

  2. to celebrate or perform the ceremony of (marriage)

  1. to make solemn or serious

  2. to perform or hold (ceremonies, etc) in due manner

Derived forms of solemnize

  • solemnization or solemnisation, noun
  • solemnizer or solemniser, noun

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