Definition for SOL'EM-NIZE

SOL'EM-NIZE, v.t. [Fr. solenniser; It. solennizzare.]

  1. To dignify or honor by ceremonies; to celebrate; as, to solemnize the birth of Christ. Their choice nobility and flow'r / Met from all parts to solemnize this feast. – Milton.
  2. To perform with ritual ceremonies and respect, or according to legal forms; as, to solemnize a marriage. – Z. Swift.
  3. To perform religiously once a year. [Qu.] – Hooker.
  4. To make grave, serious and reverential; as, to solemnize the mind for the duties of the sanctuary. [This use of the word is well authorized in the United States.]

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