from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make immortal.

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  • v. Alternative spelling of immortalise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become immortal.
  • transitive v. To render immortal; to cause to live or exist forever.
  • transitive v. To exempt from oblivion; to perpetuate in fame.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render immortal; endow with immortality: as, the demigods immortalized by Jupiter.
  • To exempt from oblivion; bestow unending fame upon; perpetuate.
  • To become immortal.
  • Also spelled immortalise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make famous forever
  • v. be or provide a memorial to a person or an event


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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  • Yes, I'm sure it would be understood in that sense. Certainly we speak of people or events being "immortalized" in other artforms - sculpture, painting, song, &c. - especially where the artwork itself becomes famous. The Charge of the Light Brigade was immortalized by Tennyson, for example. To say "I have immortalized your 40th birthday in these photos" might sound a little grandiloquent, though.

    July 30, 2008

  • Does it also mean "to take a photo of an event" as the Italian word immortalare?

    July 30, 2008