Definitions

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  • v. Alternative spelling of solemnize.

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

  • v. perform (the wedding ceremony) with proper ceremonies
  • v. make solemn and grave
  • v. observe or perform with dignity or gravity

Etymologies

solemn +‎ -ise (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Scottish government is clear that, whatever the way forward, faith groups and their celebrants should not be obliged to solemnise same sex marriages.

    Church of Scotland rejects proposals to legalise gay marriage

  • Since bigamous marriages are null and void, any islamic ceremony purporting to solemnise such a thing could dodge the rule of the law.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Why Marry?:

  • “And hence it is that these clan communites and hundreds solemnise sacrifices, in connection with which they hold large gatherings, and thereby not only pay honour to the gods, but also provide for themselves holiday and amusement” (R. Williams).

    Hiero

  • Marriage Act did; because it allowed State marriage officers to refuse to solemnise same-sex unions on the grounds of conscience; and because it contained a section on non-marriage "domestic partnerships", which could also create problems.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The bill provides for opposite-sex and same-sex couples of 18 years or older to solemnise and register a voluntary union, either by marriage or civil partnership.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The bill provided, among other things, for opposite and same-sex couples of 18 years or older to solemnise and register a voluntary union, either by marriage or civil partnership.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The justice himself was a little, affected, pert prig, who endeavoured to solemnise his countenance by assuming an air of consequence, in which pride, impudence, and folly were strangely blended.

    The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves

  • Saint-Loup with a smile, whether because the growing attraction between his comrade and myself annoyed him slightly or because he thought it graceful to solemnise it with this official confirmation.

    The Guermantes Way

  • For we thought it not fitting to solemnise that funeral with tearful lament, and groanings; for thereby do they for the most part express grief for the departed, as though unhappy, or altogether dead; whereas she was neither unhappy in her death, nor altogether dead.

    The Confessions

  • Meanwhile, since you are come hither in friendship, solemnise with us these yearly rites which we may not defer, and even now learn to be familiar at your comrades 'board.'

    The Aeneid of Virgil

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