commemorate

verb
com·​mem·​o·​rate | \ kə-ˈme-mə-ˌrāt \
commemorated; commemorating

Definition of commemorate

transitive verb

1 : to call to remembrance St. Andrew is commemorated on November 30.
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

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Other Words from commemorate

commemorator \ kə-​ˈme-​mə-​ˌrā-​tər \ noun

Synonyms for commemorate

Synonyms

memorialize, monumentalize

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keep, observe, celebrate, commemorate mean to notice or honor a day, occasion, or deed. keep stresses the idea of not neglecting or violating. kept the Sabbath by refraining from work observe suggests marking the occasion by ceremonious performance. not all holidays are observed nationally celebrate suggests acknowledging an occasion by festivity. traditionally celebrates Thanksgiving with a huge dinner commemorate suggests that an occasion is marked by observances that remind one of the origin and significance of the event. commemorate Memorial Day with the laying of wreaths

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When you remember something, you are mindful of it. It's appropriate, therefore, that "commemorate" and other related memory-associated words (including "memorable," "memorial," "remember," and "memory" itself) come from the Latin root memor, meaning "mindful." Some distant older relatives are Old English "gemimor" ("well-known"), Greek mermēra ("care"), and Sanskrit "smarati" ("he remembers"). English speakers have been marking the memory of important events with "commemorate" since the late 16th century.

Examples of commemorate in a Sentence

The festival commemorates the town's founding. The plaque commemorates the battle that took place here 200 years ago. Each year on this date we commemorate our ancestors with a special ceremony.
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Jonathan Hough, an energy banker, chose to commemorate Mr. Bush on Saturday by revisiting Fuzzy’s Pizza & Cafe in west Houston, another favorite of the Bush family. Russell Gold, WSJ, "In Houston, His Adopted Home, George H.W. Bush Was Beloved," 2 Dec. 2018 According to the Teaneck Daily Voice, a memorial service is planned to commemorate the family at 9 p.m. on Saturday at Votee Park. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "'They're All Gone:' Car Crash Kills New Jersey Father and 4 Daughters, Leaving Mother Behind," 7 July 2018 The colorful flag represents the diversity of the community, with each color holding its own meaning, while further symbols like the heartbeat commemorate and pay tribute to Orlando's Pulse nightclub massacre. refinery29.com, "18 Instagram-Worthy Ways To Show Your Pride," 21 June 2018 Now Atlanta has a long and rich LGBTQ+ history, and the city deciding to commemorate that history and to honor those lost during the 2016 Pulse shooting is quite touching. Wired Staff, WIRED, "The Problem With the 'Rainbow-Washing' of LGBTQ+ Pride," 21 June 2018 Fiesta Filipina, which the association started in 1975, commemorates Philippine independence and will offer performances by the Sinag-Tala Dance Troupe and Sampaguita Choir, as well as arts and crafts. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events June 21-27: J.B. Smoove, Penn & Teller, Tour de Lakes, Fiesta Filipina," 19 June 2018 Dads fictional and otherwise are getting their due today, with celebrities, TV shows, film properties, and more commemorating Father’s Day on social media. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Celebs, TV shows, and more celebrate Father's Day," 17 June 2018 Wednesday night is Lailutul Qadar, the night Patel, an Ismaili Muslim, commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. Daniel Burke, CNN, "American Muslims on Trump's iftar: Thanks, but no thanks," 5 June 2018 Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is inviting the public to commemorate Eble Park’s 30th anniversary on Saturday, May 26, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Eble Park,19400 W. Bluemound Road. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eble Park in Brookfield celebrates 30th anniversary," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of commemorate

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for commemorate

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

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commemorate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of commemorate

: 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)

commemorate

verb
com·​mem·​o·​rate | \ kə-ˈme-mə-ˌrāt \
commemorated; commemorating

Kids Definition of commemorate

1 : to observe with a ceremony commemorate an anniversary
2 : to serve as a memorial of The statue commemorates the battle.

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