solemnize

[sol-uhm-nahyz]
verb (used with object), solemnized, solemnizing.
1.
to perform the ceremony of (marriage).
2.
to hold or perform (ceremonies, rites, etc.) in due manner.
3.
to observe or commemorate with rites or ceremonies: to solemnize an occasion with prayer.
4.
to go through with ceremony or formality.
5.
to render solemn, serious, or grave; dignify.
verb (used without object), solemnized, solemnizing.
6.
to become solemn; conduct oneself with solemnity.
Also, especially British, solemnise.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English solempnise < Medieval Latin sōlemnizāre, equivalent to Latin sōlemnis solemn + -izāre -ize

solemnization, noun
solemnizer, noun
unsolemnized, adjective
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solemnize or solemnise (ˈsɒləmˌnaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to celebrate or observe with rites or formal ceremonies, as a religious occasion
2.  to celebrate or perform the ceremony of (marriage)
3.  to make solemn or serious
4.  to perform or hold (ceremonies, etc) in due manner
 
solemnise or solemnise
 
vb
 
solemni'zation or solemnise
 
n
 
solemni'sation or solemnise
 
n
 
'solemnizer or solemnise
 
n
 
'solemniser or solemnise
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
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