mem·​o·​rize | \ ˈme-mə-ˌrīz How to pronounce memorize (audio) \
memorized; memorizing

Definition of memorize

transitive verb

: to commit to memory : learn by heart

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memorizable \ ˌme-​mə-​ˈrī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce memorizable (audio) \ adjective
memorizer noun

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Examples of memorize in a Sentence

an actress memorizing her lines everyone has to memorize a poem for next week's class
Recent Examples on the Web All band members are now memorizing their music instead of carrying music onto the field for each show. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Corey Pompey, the new University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band director, takes the baton and replaces a legend," 18 Oct. 2019 Difficulty memorizing, delayed reading ability or a speech impairment all may be symptoms of dyslexia, a common learning disability. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy mayor calls attention to dyslexia in proclamation," 18 Oct. 2019 Students must memorize the unequal treaties the Qing dynasty signed during that period. New York Times, "China’s Political Correctness: One Country, No Arguments," 11 Oct. 2019 For example, his trainer had him memorize a poem and then recite it before training started. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Cockiness may be the reason former NHL player Tom Laidlaw, 61, is on 'Survivor'," 11 Sep. 2019 Owing to his own time in school, Keck disseminated information to be downloaded, memorized and, ultimately, regurgitated on paper. Brian Whitehead, The Mercury News, "Apple recognized two California teachers for their approach to education," 11 Sep. 2019 In addition to keeping track of the rotating cast of coaches, Carson is tasked with memorizing the names of every single new artist that steps on the stage. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Carson Daly Pronounced a 'Voice' Contestants Name Wrong and It Was So Awkward," 16 Nov. 2019 It’s more about teaching them to think than to memorize. al, "What A’s on a report card mean to this Alabama town," 3 Nov. 2019 Our new updated sensor package allows for SmartCan to memorize this path, while also dynamically updating its position based on its surroundings. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "This Robotic Trash Can Takes Itself to the Curb," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of memorize

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of memorize was in 1834

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27 Jan 2020

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“Memorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of memorize

: to learn (something) so well that you are able to remember it perfectly


mem·​o·​rize | \ ˈme-mə-ˌrīz How to pronounce memorize (audio) \
memorized; memorizing

Kids Definition of memorize

: to learn by heart My sister has memorized all the state capitals.

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What made you want to look up memorize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to assert without proof or before proving

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