mem·​o·​ri·​za·​tion | \ ˌme-mə-rə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce memorization (audio) , ˌme-mə-(ˌ)rī-, ˌmem-rə- \

Definition of memorization

: the act or process of memorizing something : commitment of something to memory The current emphasis on written exams and memorization encourages what is referred to bitterly by many educators as "teaching to the test."— Alison Lurie Seeking a balance to his daily diet of science and memorization of facts, he pursues music avocationally.— Judith Wynn Halsted Common core standards, which Alabama adopted in 2010 and implemented in 2012, emphasize thinking mathematically rather than memorization of formulas.— Trisha Powell Crain

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1816, in the meaning defined above

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“Memorization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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