Definition of memorialize in US English:


(British memorialise)


[with object]
  • Preserve the memory of; commemorate.

    ‘the novel memorialized their childhood summers’
    • ‘Like Maya Lin's Vietnam memorial with which any memorialized list of names is likely to be compared, these metropolitan-area memorials must resolve their approach not only to form but also to typographic identity.’
    • ‘Newspaper articles, instead of decaying to pulp or dust, were instead memorialized if they caught the attention of the reader, valued over the more rarified knowledge contained in expensive books.’
    • ‘Unlike Veterans Day, which commemorates living veterans, Memorial Day is expressly intended as a day to memorialize the sacrifice of men and women who have given their lives in uniform.’
    • ‘It seems strange that she might come here and stare at the blank space where she is later to be memorialized.’
    • ‘Hattori's project has the quality of a family photo album, memorializing a group of interconnected people.’
    • ‘Its handmade, unofficial markers memorialize the dead while its compositional structure balances the crosses with the living.’
    • ‘Proust memorialized his infatuation with her beauty and social grace in the character of the Duchesse de Guermantes.’
    • ‘Those men are memorialized at the nearby Inajo Monument, a small stone and plaque that itself was surrounded by fire this time around but emerged unscathed.’
    • ‘The Chinese tradition of racing memorializes the spirit of Qu Yuan, who is remembered for his self-sacrifice, his steadfast morality, the power of his writing, and his concern for his fallen compatriots.’
    • ‘Every photograph memorializes the present, once it has already passed.’
    • ‘I glanced downward and recorded her admonishment in my notebook, serving the dual purpose of memorializing the brief chat and ending it.’
    • ‘The Anchorage Daily News memorializes the fallen Scout leaders, who all hailed from Alaska.’
    • ‘He is trying to maintain, not memorialize his career, and the choices here reflect an artist comfortable with his legacy and feeling free to experiment.’
    • ‘Last night was spent with good friends at McSorley's Old Ale House, memorialized by Joseph Mitchell in his story McSorley's Wonderful Saloon, a work I had read several times without realizing the actual place was so close.’
    • ‘Baseball cards represent an American sports icon, and I wanted these guys to be memorialized in some clear way.’
    • ‘Both these monuments burst into sculpture at the top, and arguably sculpture is the most expressive and dramatic way to memorialize the dead.’
    • ‘I had never been to the tiny park that memorializes the duel, since it has no historical interest.’
    • ‘When you know what kind of care you would want under most possible circumstances, you'll need to choose a document in which to memorialize your wishes.’
    • ‘Rescorla's story is memorialized in the book by James B. Stewart, Heart of a Soldier.’
    • ‘Colter's buildings are memorialized here for just this sort of delicate balancing act: They complement one of the most beautiful spots on earth, even as they momentarily distract from it.’
    keep alive, keep going, keep in existence, preserve, conserve, sustain, maintain, continue, extend, carry on, keep up, cause to continue, prolong
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