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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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 That struggle led him to brawl with schoolyard bullies, to memorize and recite Irish poetry, and to witness his mother threaten a nun who had humiliated him. Los Angeles Times, "Joe Biden’s childhood struggle with a stutter: How he overcame it and how it shaped him," 16 Sep. 2019 Biology required her to memorize a variety of terms and definitions. Andrew Adkins, Washington Post, "Childhood cancer survivor graduates, writes new chapter," 6 Sep. 2019 Back in the '40s, Navajo children were trained to memorize things. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "For Navajo Code Talker Peter MacDonald, a 'beautiful blue' uniform led him to enlist at 15," 29 Aug. 2019 In some cases, students were assigned to memorize Bible verses, the ACLU said. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky high school drops 'Bible Literacy' course over constitutional concerns," 9 Aug. 2019 My father, an amateur poet with an impeccable memory for verse, posted poems on the refrigerator door that we were supposed to memorize. Matthew Purdy, New York Times, "Just Before the Eagle Landed, an Alien Arrived in Our Living Room," 20 July 2019 So basically Harry was just reminding Meghan about one of the many, many royal protocols she's expected to somehow memorize and follow. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "A Lip Reader Reveals What Prince Harry Said to Meghan Markle During Their Trooping the Colour Carriage Ride," 15 June 2019 The shootings caused such panic that several prostitutes joined together to help investigators, memorizing vehicle descriptions and license plates., "WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Three women shot in the head, each dumped a month a part — the 2006 killings scared Daytona Beach’s street people so badly that they memorized suspicious men’s license plate numbers and gave them to police. And then suddenly the slayings stopped.," 17 Sep. 2019 According to royal expert and commentator Omid Scobie, one of the most complicated sets of rules Meghan had to memorize involved curtsy etiquette. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Had to Memorize the Most Complicated Curtsying Rules When She Became Royal," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of memorize

1834, in the meaning defined above

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11 Oct 2019

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The first known use of memorize was in 1834

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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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