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or (especially British) solemnise

[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.
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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Historical Examples
  • solemnize your marriage in Alexandria as soon as you will, but then come to Rome, that is the only condition I impose.

    The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers
  • This day, so marked in my life, lacked no circumstance that was needed to solemnize it.

    The Lily of the Valley Honore de Balzac
  • There isn't a man today in this Church or anywhere else, outside of it, who has authority to solemnize a plural marriage—not one!

    Gospel Doctrine Joseph F. Smith
  • What hath so dire a tendency to solemnize the heart and impress it with the most just and weighty religious sentiments?

  • And then I purpose to leave Lord M. (dangerously ill as he is,) and meet her at her appointed church, in order to solemnize.

    Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • For it is altogether indispensable that some one from thence be here to solemnize and ask a blessing upon the marriage.

  • I prefer, however, to solemnize marriage in the church, when possible.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • The Monday following the pair presented themselves before the civil officials to solemnize their marriage by due legal ceremonies.

  • No minister is allowed, as a rule, to solemnize the marriage of any man or woman who has a divorced husband or wife still living.

  • There are fifteen women justices of the peace, with authority to administer oaths and solemnize marriages.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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