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
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 Nobody is going to walk away with the entire content of your poster memorized. Martin Finucane,, "Scientists make a new discovery: the big headline. But they’re debating whether to use it," 19 June 2019 Some of the children, the grandparents told ABC News, have tried to memorize the entire book. The Washington Post,, "How a malnourished teen escaped a house full of chains and freed her 12 siblings," 17 Jan. 2018 Just in case host Stephen Colbert asked, Mr. Taylor memorized all four verses of Key’s ‘‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’’ Lonn Wood Taylor was born Jan. 22, 1940, in Spartanburg, S.C., where his father was working as a highway engineer. Matt Schudel,, "Lonn Taylor, authority on all things Star-Spangled and Texan, dies at 79," 3 July 2019 Court documents said Thompson admitting relaying the information by memorizing key points in classified documents, writing it down and sending an image of her notes by cellphone. Pete Williams, NBC News, "Defense contractor gave info to romantic interest who has ties to Hezbollah, feds say," 4 Mar. 2020 In high school, Tracy was known for memorizing and reciting the novels of Iceberg Slim to friends. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "What Is Ice-T's Net Worth? Here's How Much the Rapper Actually Makes," 1 Jan. 2020 For centuries, students learned Latin by memorizing the writing of the great Roman tyrant and republic-ending ogre Julius Caesar. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Field Guide to Tyranny," 16 Dec. 2019 While memorizing a seating chart in a church that can fit 800 people isn’t likely, Zurek knows what matters. Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "St. Josaphat pastor wants to see his parishioners, so he's collecting photos and taping them to pews," 1 Apr. 2020 Arielle Ray People with the world’s best memories—who set world records for reciting pi to 100,000 digits, or win championships for memorizing decks of cards in 18 seconds—aren’t genetically gifted. Michael Tabb, Quartz, "Try the scientifically proven “memory palace” technique to remember everything," 8 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of memorize

1834, in the meaning defined above

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23 May 2020

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“Memorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 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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