solemnize

[ sol-uh m-nahyz ]
/ ˈsɒl əmˌnaɪz /

verb (used with object), sol·em·nized, sol·em·niz·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), sol·em·nized, sol·em·niz·ing.

to become solemn; conduct oneself with solemnity.

Nearby words

  1. solemn mass,
  2. solemn vow,
  3. solemnify,
  4. solemnity,
  5. solemnization,
  6. solemnly,
  7. solenette,
  8. solenocyte,
  9. solenodon,
  10. solenogaster

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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British Dictionary definitions for solemnize

solemnize

solemnise

/ (ˈsɒləmˌnaɪz) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formssolemnization or solemnisation, nounsolemnizer or solemniser, noun

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Word Origin and History for solemnize

solemnize

v.

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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