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


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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.
  2. To make grave, serious, and reverential.
    • September 27, 1873, John Campbell Shairp, "Wordsworth's Three Yarrows", in Every Saturday
      Wordsworth was solemnized and elevated by this his first look on Yarrow.
    • 1880, Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
      Every Israelite [] arose, solemnized his face, looked towards Jerusalem [] and prayed.