solemnize :

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  • v  observe or perform with dignity or gravity
    The King solemnized this day of morning
  • v  perform (the wedding ceremony) with proper ceremonies
  • v  make solemn and grave
    This ceremony solemnized our hearts

  • As an example to the rest of Mexico's extremely virile but somewhat casual Army, authorities recently persuaded 730 soldiers to solemnize their union with faithful companions who .
  • This day last week it was permitted to labor over its old run to solemnize the celebration.
  • The Olympics have been used before to solemnize a nation's vision of itself.
News & Articles

  • Chan Lowe: The push to legalize gay marriage
    Soon I’ll be attending my first same-sex wedding. The two women who are tying the knot have waited decades to solemnize their relationship, and they wanted to get married in the state where they make their home — a state that recently embraced marriage equality.        
    July 5, 2013 - Sun-Sentinel

  • Stuart Rabner in Reuters
    There is no statutory bar to a member of the clergy declining to solemnize civil unions in accordance with sincerely held religious beliefs,Stuart Rabner wrote in an official letter.
  • Eliot Spitzer in Boston Globe (registration)
    Spitzer said local clerks should not issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and officials like Mayor Jason West of New Paltz "should not solemnize same-sex wedding ceremonies."

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