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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.
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
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.
Past participle: solemnized
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|Verb||1.||solemnize - observe or perform with dignity or gravity; "The King solemnized this day of morning"|
|2.||solemnize - perform (the wedding ceremony) with proper ceremonies|
|3.||solemnize - make solemn and grave; "This ceremony solemnized our hearts"|