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sol·em·nize

 (sŏl′əm-nīz′)
tr.v. sol·em·nized, sol·em·niz·ing, sol·em·niz·es
1. To celebrate or observe with dignity and gravity: "His death is solemnized with a stoical but powerful gesture of grief" (David Denby). See Synonyms at observe.
2. To perform (a marriage, for example) with formal ceremony.
3. To make serious or grave: "those rooms so solemnized by their massive regimental decor" (William H. Gass).

sol′em·ni·za′tion (-nĭ-zā′shən) n.

solemnize

(ˈsɒləmˌnaɪz) or

solemnise

vb (tr)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) to celebrate or observe with rites or formal ceremonies, as a religious occasion
2. (Law) to celebrate or perform the ceremony of (marriage)
3. to make solemn or serious
4. to perform or hold (ceremonies, etc) in due manner
ˌsolemniˈzation, ˌsolemniˈsation n
ˈsolemˌnizer, ˈsolemˌniser n

sol•em•nize

(ˈsɒl əmˌnaɪz)

v. -nized, -niz•ing. v.t.
1. to go through or observe with ceremony or formality.
2. to perform the ceremony of (marriage).
3. to render solemn; dignify.
v.i.
4. to act or speak with solemnity.
[1350–1400]
sol`em•ni•za′tion, n.

solemnize


Past participle: solemnized
Gerund: solemnizing

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.solemnize - observe or perform with dignity or gravity; "The King solemnized this day of morning"
celebrate, observe, keep - behave as expected during of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"
2.solemnize - perform (the wedding ceremony) with proper ceremonies
marry, splice, wed, tie - perform a marriage ceremony; "The minister married us on Saturday"; "We were wed the following week"; "The couple got spliced on Hawaii"
3.solemnize - make solemn and grave; "This ceremony solemnized our hearts"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

solemnize

verb
To mark (a day or an event) with ceremonies of respect, festivity, or rejoicing:
Translations

solemnize

[ˈsɒləmnaɪz] VTsolemnizar

solemnize

vtfeierlich begehen; marriage(feierlich) vollziehen

solemnize

[ˈsɒləmˌnaɪz] (frm) vtsolennizzare; (marriage) → celebrare
References in classic literature ?
So the entire party assembled within the little cabin and about the door to witness the second ceremony that Professor Porter was to solemnize within three days.
It is a spot to make a man solemnize. You go right down into the valley that lies to the east of the High Peak, where, in the fall of the year, thousands of acres of woods are before your eyes, in the deep hollow, and along the side of the mountain, painted like ten thousand rainbows, by no hand of man, though without the ordering of God’s providence.”
Go presently and bring a banquet forth, That we may solemnize Saint Peter's feast, And with Lord Raymond, King of Hungary, Drink to our late and happy victory.
The great actors of the day we now solemnize were illustrious by their intrepid valor no less than by their Christian graces, but the clarion of conquest has not blazoned forth their names to all the winds of heaven.
Priests, pastors, imams, and rabbis who solemnize marriage must have the authority to solemnize granted by the State.
CITING the rise in common-law relationships or 'live-ins' in the Philippines, the chairman of the House Committee on Revision of Laws is pushing for the passage of a bill seeking to give members of the House of Representatives and provincial governors authority to solemnize marriage.
The House committee on revision of laws has started deliberating on a proposal that would give district congressmen and provincial governors authority to solemnize marriages within their respective jurisdictions.
However, the marriage registrar told that he had been called to solemnize the union.
Reverend James Ramsey, the owner of Chattanooga Wedding Officiants, is an ordained Interfaith Minister who can legally solemnize marriages in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.
Smith requested that language in the bill saying that "a clergy or minister may not be required to solemnize any marriage or provide services" be changed to "a clergy or minister acting in that capacity may not be required to solemnize any marriage or provide services."
Observed Walker, "[A]ffording same-sex couples the opportunity to obtain the designation of marriage will not impinge upon the religious freedom of any religious organization, official, or any other person; no religion will be required to change its religious policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples, and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs.
Before SB 1073's approval, the panel added language specifying that no person authorized to solemnize marriage or civil unions would be required to preside over a marriage or civil union he did not wish to solemnize.