transitive verb-·nized·, -·niz·ing
- to celebrate with formal ceremony or according to ritual
- to perform the ceremony of (marriage, etc.)
- to make solemn, or serious, grave, etc.
Origin of solemnizeMiddle English solempnisen from Old French solemniser from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin solemnizare from Classical Latin sollemnis, solemn
transitive verbsol·em·nized, sol·em·niz·ing, sol·em·niz·es
- 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.
- To perform (a marriage, for example) with formal ceremony.
- To make serious or grave: “those rooms so solemnized by their massive regimental decor” ( William H. Gass )
(third-person singular simple present solemnizes, present participle solemnizing, simple past and past participle solemnized)
solemn +"Ž -ize