solemnize

When you solemnize something, you make it serious or dignified. You might solemnize a meal by lighting candles and saying grace before you eat.

How much fun is it to get to pronounce a letter that is normally silent? You'll know when you wrap your tongue around this one, in which the n, normally silent in solemn, gets to introduce the suffix -ize. Even more fun is the fact that solemnize has a Greek suffix tacked onto a Latin root, sollemnis, or "formal, ceremonial, traditional." But we shouldn't be having so much fun with a verb whose meaning is "perform with dignity or gravity."

Definitions of solemnize
  1. verb
    observe or perform with dignity or gravity
    “The King solemnized this day of morning”
    synonyms: solemnise
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    type of:
    celebrate, keep, observe
    behave as expected during of holidays or rites
  2. verb
    perform (the wedding ceremony) with proper ceremonies
    synonyms: solemnise
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    type of:
    marry, splice, tie, wed
    perform a marriage ceremony
  3. verb
    make solemn and grave
    “This ceremony solemnized our hearts”
    synonyms: solemnise
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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