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From Old French solemnisier, from Medieval Latin solemnizare, from Latin solemnis.


solemnize (third-person singular simple present solemnizes, present participle solemnizing, simple past and past participle solemnized)

  1. (transitive, US) To make solemn, or official, through ceremony or legal act.
    The couple chose to solemnize their relationship in a secular ceremony, instead of having a wedding.
    • Hooker
      Baptism to be administered in one place, and marriage solemnized in another.
    • Milton
      Their choice nobility and flowers [] / Met from all parts to solemnize this feast.
  2. To make grave, serious, and reverential.
    • J. C. Shairp
      Wordsworth was solemnized and elevated by this his first look on Yarrow.
    • L. Wallace
      Every Israelite [] arose, solemnized his face, looked towards Jerusalem [] and prayed.