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[muh-mawr-ee-uh-lahyz, -mohr-] /məˈmɔr i əˌlaɪz, -ˈmoʊr-/
verb (used with object), memorialized, memorializing.
to commemorate.
to present a memorial to.
Also, especially British, memorialise.
Origin of memorialize
1790-1800; memorial + -ize
Related forms
memorialization, noun
memorializer, noun
unmemorialized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for memorialize
  • The photo session had nothing to do with his work but served to memorialize the skeleton's sheer structural beauty.
  • Thus do succeeding generations try to memorialize their importance.
  • To memorialize the moment, he takes a smart-phone photo of himself looking sad.
  • Study the poignant lyrics of songs they wrote to memorialize each event.
British Dictionary definitions for memorialize


verb (transitive)
to honour or commemorate
to present or address a memorial to
Derived Forms
memorialization, memorialisation, noun
memorializer, memorialiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for memorialize

1798, from memorial + -ize. Related: Memorialized; memorializing. Earlier verb was simply memorial (1731).

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