Definition of commemorate
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>
commemoratorplay \-ˌrā-tər\ noun
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.
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of commemorate
Latin commemoratus, past participle of commemorare, from com- + memorare to remind of, from memor mindful — more at memory
First Known Use: 1599
Synonym Discussion of commemorate
COMMEMORATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of commemorate for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of commemorate for Students
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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