tr.v. sol·em·nized, sol·em·niz·ing, sol·em·niz·es
1. 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.
2. To perform (a marriage, for example) with formal ceremony.
3. To make serious or grave: "those rooms so solemnized by their massive regimental decor" (William H. Gass).
sol′em·ni·zation (-nĭ-zāshən) n.
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