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

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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The bosses in the game will punish players who don’t memorize their patterns or attack a weak point. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Preview: ‘Oninaki’ tries to breathe new life into action RPG," 22 July 2019 These places are reportedly sites of death, of torture, of Muslim detainees being forced to memorize CCP propaganda, renounce Islam, and consume pork and alcohol. Sigal Samuel, Vox, "China claims it’s released most Muslims from internment camps. That’s doubtful.," 30 July 2019 Every other year, researchers assessed their memories by asking them to memorize a series of words and recalling them later. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Earning a living buys women more time with a sharper brain," 16 July 2019 These educators weave their magic with students young enough, with brains still supple enough, to memorize and recite poetry. Judith Samuelson, Quartz at Work, "Why Stephen Schwarzman’s big gift to Oxford matters for everyone else," 20 June 2019 Historical thinking, Wineburg shows us in , has nothing to do with test prep–style ability to memorize facts. Sam Wineburg, Smithsonian, "What George Washington’s Views on Religion and America Don’t Translate Well to Today’s Politics," 12 June 2019 Human studies, on the other hand, often ask participants to memorize a list to test their recall. Teal Burrell, Discover Magazine, "Making Sense of Mommy Brain," 1 Jan. 2019 In a rehearsal room underneath the Oak Park and River Forest High School stage, students were busy memorizing their lines, reciting their lyrics and tweaking their choreography as the school’s summer theater production was fast approaching. Steve Schering,, "'It’s not your typical show': OPRF set to stage summer theater production," 29 June 2018 He was sent to live with an aunt in Barbados, then a British colony, for his primary and secondary education, which included memorizing much of Shakespeare. Sam Roberts,, "Dr. Kenneth A. Forde, fostered cancer testing, dies at 85," 19 June 2019

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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 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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