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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Other Words from memorize

memorizable \ ˌme-​mə-​ˈrī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce memorizable (audio) \ adjective
memorization \ ˌme-​mə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce memorization (audio) , ˌme-​mə-​(ˌ)rī-​ , ˌmem-​rə-​ \ noun
memorizer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for memorize


con, learn, study



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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

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García began first by collecting décimas, New World oral poems and musical folk poems of Afro Descendants and others—some memorized, some composed on the spot—that follow a literary form dating back to colonial Spain. Charles David Kleymeyer, Smithsonian, "Meet Juan García Salazar, the Man Who Championed Black Identity in Ecuador," 14 June 2019 Also, players don't have to memorize ridiculous 20-button combos, because game play requires only three buttons and the analog stick. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system," 6 Dec. 2018 Yet operation of those older systems was highlighted in training over the years, and pilots had to memorize steps to counteract potentially dangerous unintended consequences. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Boeing Withheld Information on 737 Model, According to Safety Experts and Others," 12 Nov. 2018 In fifth grade, students had to memorize a piece by Shel Silverstein. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ruby Ibarra raps, unapologetically, about Filipina experience," 22 May 2018 The cast only have eight short weeks to memorize their lines and learn Lawrence’s blocking. Dave Quinn,, "'Pony' Singer Ginuwine Finds Drama and Romance on the Urban Theater Circuit in New Bravo Series," 22 Feb. 2018 From her memorizing hair to her Beychella makeup, the singer hasn't been afraid to change up her look and try something new. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Beyoncé Wore Bright Purple Lipstick," 6 Sep. 2018 Lion King was my generation to a T, memorizing all those words. Rebecca Milzoff, Billboard, "Songwriter Shaina Taub on Joining Elton John for 'Devil Wears Prada' Musical: 'It Just Felt Like a Fit'," 2 July 2018 Authors now sit in comfy studios and need not memorize their stories. Rochelle O'gorman,, "Audiobook reviews: Authors take the mic," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of memorize

1834, in the meaning defined above

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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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