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

v observe or perform with dignity or gravity

“The King solemnized this day of morning”
Synonyms:
solemnise
Type of:
celebrate, keep, observe
behave as expected during of holidays or rites

v perform (the wedding ceremony) with proper ceremonies

Synonyms:
solemnise
Type of:
marry, splice, tie, wed
perform a marriage ceremony

v make solemn and grave

“This ceremony solemnized our hearts”
Synonyms:
solemnise
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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