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Definition of "solemnize" [sol•em•nize]

  • To celebrate or observe with dignity and gravity. See Synonyms at observe. (verb-transitive)
  • To perform with formal ceremony. (verb-transitive)
  • To make serious or grave. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "solemnize" in a sentence
  • "It is all so grotesque when one remembers how ready they are to 'solemnize' -- save the mark!"
  • "For the sake of every citizen, and most of all for the sake of the children, it should "solemnize" marriage, and should do so on the understanding -- clearly expressed -- that those who come to be married intend to be faithful to each other "as long as they both shall live.""
  • "If those who are religious wish to do so, they can receive a civil union, then "solemnize" their union in a marriage within their religion."