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 memorizable (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 However, learning is not about memorizing a series of steps, but knowing when each step is necessary. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, "How to learn new skills online," 13 Feb. 2020 Finally, memorize your drops and drifts based either on a good ballistic calculator or actual field testing under true hunting conditions. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "How Cold Weather Can Kill Bullet Trajectory," 23 Dec. 2019 Some parents pay tuition for their children to memorize the Koran., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 22 Oct. 2019 Growing up as a fat kid meant memorizing the rules of one diet after another: low fat, low carb, low calorie. Your Fat Friend, SELF, "What I Learned as an 11 Year Old in Weight Watchers," 30 Sep. 2019 The researchers then used their measured recognition data to set the total number of words memorized. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Why can’t I remember? Model may show how recall can fail," 24 Jan. 2020 Lorenzo von Fersen and Juan Delius, then both at Bochum, demonstrated that pigeons can memorize 725 abstract patterns and use transitive inference logic. Onur Güntürkün, Scientific American, "“Birdbrain” Turns from Insult to Praise," 1 Jan. 2020 My goal was to read, write or memorize 28 poems in the month. David G. Allan, CNN, "Year-long resolutions don't work. Here's how to make 12 'micro-resolutions' instead," 27 Dec. 2019 Police also ask for physical descriptions of the drivers, which isn’t easy to obtain when a bus driver is operating a vehicle and simultaneously memorizing or writing down a license-plate number. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools consider exterior bus cameras to catch drivers passing stopped school buses," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of memorize

1834, in the meaning defined above

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15 Feb 2020

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“Memorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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