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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memorizable \ ˌme-​mə-​ˈrī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce memorize (audio) \ adjective
memorizer noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web After 2017, new procedures were adopted, which include adding a third balloting partner to also memorize the list of winners. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Academy Awards Fast Facts," 26 Apr. 2021 Leroy and Nany and Cory and Kam know to immediately memorize the code before dropping their capsule, which was smart. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "The Challenge: Double Agents finale recap: A big decision results in a new champion," 22 Apr. 2021 The point isn’t to memorize the words but to allow the content to enter your subconscious. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, "Human Connection: Standing Out In A Zoom-Fatigued World," 20 Apr. 2021 Finally, each volunteer was told to memorize a PIN. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Incredible Rise of North Korea’s Hacking Army," 19 Apr. 2021 In her final days, the woman begged Yoon to memorize a phone number. Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times, "They left behind children to find freedom. The choice haunts North Korean refugee women," 16 Mar. 2021 The students, often dressed in traditional costumes, memorize and perform poems and songs in Greek, after which everyone joins in for the singing of the national anthem. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Hundreds of blue and white flags wave in Utah for Greece’s bicentennial. Why it’s also a religious occasion.," 24 Mar. 2021 Dancing and Tai Chi get our body moving but also require us to memorize choreography. Han Yu, WSJ, "Can an Active Lifestyle Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s?," 25 Feb. 2021 Nothing to memorize—just a commitment to mindful eating. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "6 eating tips for a healthier heart," 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of memorize

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of memorize was in 1834

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2 May 2021

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“Memorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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