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[sol-uh m-nahyz] /ˈsɒl əmˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), solemnized, solemnizing.
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), solemnized, solemnizing.
to become solemn; conduct oneself with solemnity.
Also, especially British, solemnise.
Origin of solemnize
1350-1400; Middle English solempnise < Medieval Latin sōlemnizāre, equivalent to Latin sōlemnis solemn + -izāre -ize
Related forms
solemnization, noun
solemnizer, noun
unsolemnized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for solemnize
  • If you are a non-resident out-of-state clergy member wishing to solemnize a marriage, please click here.
  • Although the couple may solemnize their own marriage, that does not mean a friend or relative can also solemnize their marriage.
  • Unless the groom's relative falls within one of these categories, he cannot solemnize the marriage.
  • The quorum courts may appoint special officials to solemnize marriages within their respective counties.
British Dictionary definitions for solemnize


verb (transitive)
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 Forms
solemnization, solemnisation, noun
solemnizer, solemniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for solemnize

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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