Definition of solemnize in English:


Line breaks: sol¦em|nize
Pronunciation: /ˈsɒləmnʌɪz
(also solemnise)


[with object]
  • 1Duly perform (a ceremony, especially that of marriage): they needed only to find a priest to solemnize their marriage the sacred theatre in which rites of initiation were solemnized
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    • Having at length obtained Alice's consent, Talbot needed only to find a priest to solemnize their marriage.
    • A Sikh's marriage should be solemnized by Anand marriage rites.
    • Knowing that he is not authorized by the laws of this state to do so, he performs a marriage ceremony or presumes to solemnize a marriage.
  • 1.1Mark (an event) with a formal ceremony: she made the promise which was solemnized by the local ‘witch doctor’
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    • The policy called for high school students to vote on whether a student would deliver a ‘message’ or ‘invocation’ at varsity football games ‘to solemnize the event.’
    • And surely the ability of a religious reference to solemnize an event will depend on the religious beliefs of the person hearing the reference.
    • Her parents came to the US to solemnize the occasion.



Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • To be valid under California law, a marriage requires the consent of the parties, the issuance of a license, and - within 90 days after the license's issuance - solemnization by an authorized official.
  • For six years, from 1208 to 1214, the church doors were closed and the laity were locked out; they were denied the sacrament of the altar, solemnization of marriages, burial in consecrated ground.
  • While there is no specification of what constitutes an acceptable solemnization, the language is clear: The state requires a marriage ceremony in order for a marriage to have legal force.


late Middle English: from Old French solemniser, from medieval Latin solemnizare, from Latin sollemnis (see solemn).

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