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

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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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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 With every stir of batter, New York City baker Chelsey White memorizes thousands of dessert lovers with her creative cake tutorials on her Instagram page Chelsweets. Jessica Mejia, Country Living, "This Jaw-Dropping Fall Foilage Cake Is Mesmerizing The Internet," 21 Nov. 2016 In a way this simplifies the experience; pulling off combos or special moves doesn’t require memorizing a needlessly long string of button inputs. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Pocket Rumble for the Nintendo Switch channels the best portable fighters," 6 July 2018 And no need to memorize, take screenshots, or scramble for pen and paper — the data is automatically synced with the Health app on your iPhone. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the New Apple Watch ECG App," 7 Dec. 2018 Many of the children are taught to memorize critical phone numbers and repeat them if they are detained, Ms. Lockwood said. Jack Healy, New York Times, "Migrant Parents Wait and Hope for Their Children: ‘I Feel Like I’m Going to Die’," 21 June 2018 Felix learned how to memorize, while her daughter is learning something much more valuable and useful: Number sense, relevance and mental flexibility. Jessica Lahey,, "Why it's so hard to help with your kid's math homework," 20 May 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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