mem·​o·​ri·​za·​tion ˌme-mə-rə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce memorization (audio)
: 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

Examples of memorization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is a time in history that is not best learned through dry memorization but through visceral storytelling. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2024 In contrast, surface learning might involve cramming or rote memorization, which is less effective for understanding complex accounting principles. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 26 Feb. 2024 The writers aim for age-appropriate dialogue and limit the amount of it to make memorization easier. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2024 Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to learn about classic and contemporary poetry through memorization, performance and competitions. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Jan. 2024 Had rote memorization replaced genuine mental acuity? Dalton Ross,, 11 Oct. 2023 In addition to memorization, this game can help autistic kids identify objects and enhance their vocabulary. Laura Lu, Ms, Parents, 6 Mar. 2024 Adopt Best Practices from Successful Candidates: Incorporate strategies such as setting a realistic study schedule, focusing on understanding over memorization, and taking strategic breaks to avoid burnout. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 24 Feb. 2024 Yes, applying concepts in various scenarios is crucial, making deep learning and understanding more valuable than rote memorization. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 26 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of memorization was in 1816

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“Memorization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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