mem·​o·​rize | \ˈme-mə-ˌrīz \
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 \ adjective
memorization \ˌme-​mə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən, 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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Test memory skills Challenge your child to memorize a favorite song or story, or encourage a group of kids to perform a short play. Zafreen Jaffery, Ed.d., miamiherald, "Bake cookies. Head to the library. Ways to keep your child's brain sharp during the summer," 27 June 2018 The average person takes a full hour to memorize just 166 words. Paul C. Brunson, USA TODAY, "For a well-versed presentation, be authentic and ditch the script," 12 July 2018 Using a teleprompter is just not being able to memorize your lines. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Neil Patrick Harris Seemingly Shades Rachel Bloom, Bruce Springsteen on Twitter During 2018 Tony Awards," 11 June 2018 Using a teleprompter is just not being willing to memorize your lines. Mike Miller,, "Neil Patrick Harris Responds Awkwardly to Rachel Bloom After She Clapped Back at His Tonys Comments," 11 June 2018 This is accomplished primarily by assigning eels specific pieces of literature to memorize., "A Black Woman Quietly Saves The Day In Fahrenheit 451, Per Usual," 20 May 2018 After a few visits, the hosts and servers will have your name and order memorized. Priya Krishna, Bon Appetit, "The Tex-Mex Chain That Fills a Queso-Sized Hole in My Heart," 6 June 2018 About the only people who are certain to have this information memorized are pitching coaches and daily fantasy sports players. Dylan Hernandez,, "It was a walk-off win at Angel Stadium, and another Sunday spent with Shohei Ohtani," 14 May 2018 Knight, awarded five battle stars as an infantryman in World War II (and diagnosed with cancer in 1977), showed up 15 minutes before each call time with every line memorized. Allan Fallow,, "'Caddyshack': A comic masterpiece with 18 plot holes," 1 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 \
memorized; memorizing

Kids Definition of memorize

: to learn by heart My sister has memorized all the state capitals.

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