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[ih-mawr-tl-ahyz] /ɪˈmɔr tlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), immortalized, immortalizing.
to bestow unending fame upon; perpetuate.
to make immortal; endow with immortality.
Origin of immortalize
1560-70; immortal + -ize
Related forms
immortalizable, adjective
immortalization, noun
immortalizer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for immortalize
  • Because all you do when you write ideas down is kind of immortalize something that should go away.
  • Some immortalize themselves with a statue or a painting.
  • immortalize yourself on the scene with photos on your cell phone.
  • So, any satellite operator or drone pilot wanting to immortalize their units would send along a patch for the next edition.
  • He would one day immortalize these sensory impressions in song.
British Dictionary definitions for immortalize


verb (transitive)
to give everlasting fame to, as by treating in a literary work: Macbeth was immortalized by Shakespeare
to give immortality to
(biology) to cause (cells) to reproduce indefinitely
Derived Forms
immortalization, immortalisation, noun
immortalizer, immortaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for immortalize

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

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