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commemorate

verb com·mem·o·rate \kə-ˈme-mə-ˌrāt\

: to exist or be done in order to remind people of (an important event or person from the past)

: to do something special in order to remember and honor (an important event or person from the past)

com·mem·o·rat·edcom·mem·o·rat·ing

Full Definition of COMMEMORATE

transitive verb
1
:  to call to remembrance
2
:  to mark by some ceremony or observation :  observe <commemorate an anniversary>
3
:  to serve as a memorial of <a plaque that commemorates the battle>
com·mem·o·ra·tor \-ˌrā-tər\ noun

Examples of COMMEMORATE

  1. The festival commemorates the town's founding.
  2. The plaque commemorates the battle that took place here 200 years ago.
  3. Each year on this date we commemorate our ancestors with a special ceremony.

Origin of COMMEMORATE

Latin commemoratus, past participle of commemorare, from com- + memorare to remind of, from memor mindful — more at memory
First Known Use: 1599

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