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 memorize (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 Dancing and Tai Chi get our body moving but also require us to memorize choreography. Han Yu, WSJ, "Can an Active Lifestyle Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s?," 25 Feb. 2021 Nothing to memorize—just a commitment to mindful eating. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "6 eating tips for a healthier heart," 24 Feb. 2021 They are still required to memorize the names of VMI cadets who died defending slavery during the Civil War. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "A Black man will lead VMI for the first time in history, amid racism investigation," 13 Nov. 2020 During the daytime, Hiao-Tsiun Ma would memorize movements from Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin. Jeremy Eichler,, "Music’s first responder: How Yo-Yo Ma answered the pandemic’s call and consoled a reeling nation," 27 Jan. 2021 Different cards contain different combinations of scents, so there is no answer key to memorize. New York Times, "Could a Smell Test Screen People for Covid?," 19 Jan. 2021 Also impressive is its adaptive cleaning pattern, which is enabled by sensors that memorize your space to better navigate your home. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "You can get a ton of iRobot Roomba vacuums on sale right now for every budget," 17 Jan. 2021 Students must memorize and master foundational skills before solving more complicated equations later on. Talia Richman, Dallas News, "Why does the ‘COVID slide’ look worse in math? Texas schools struggle to get students back on track," 24 Dec. 2020 The nuns there required students to memorize and recite poems., "The poetry of Ciaran Berry: Encouraging humanity and living beyond oneself," 27 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of memorize

1834, in the meaning defined above

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3 Mar 2021

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“Memorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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