memorization

noun
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

First Known Use of memorization

1816, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about memorization

Time Traveler for memorization

Time Traveler

The first known use of memorization was in 1816

See more words from the same year

Statistics for memorization

Last Updated

27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Memorization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/memorization. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on memorization

Spanish Central: Translation of memorization

Nglish: Translation of memorization for Spanish Speakers

Comments on memorization

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

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!