mem·o·rize | \ ˈme-mə-ˌrīz \
memorized; memorizing

Definition of memorize 

transitive verb

: to commit to memory : learn by heart

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memorizable \ˌme-mə-ˈrī-zə-bəl \ adjective
memorization \ˌme-mə-rə-ˈzā-shən, ˌme-mə-(ˌ)rī-, ˌmem-rə- \ noun
memorizer noun

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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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Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die, Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred Why would a father ask his ever-expanding brood of what became 11 children to memorize a poem about war and slaughter? Kerry Kennedy, Time, "Kerry Kennedy: What My Father, RFK, Means Today," 31 May 2018 Georgia’s law-enforcement-training program does not teach recruits to memorize license plates backward in mirrors. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The Spy Who Came Home," 30 Apr. 2018 The grandparents said that the children are home-schooled, made to memorize long scriptures in the Bible. The Washington Post,, "How a malnourished teen escaped a house full of chains and freed her 12 siblings," 17 Jan. 2018 The vast majority of Pakistani students — those in public schools or in low-cost private schools — study this government curriculum and are often trained to memorize it. Madiha Afzal, Washington Post, "Malala is building more schools in Pakistan. That’s not likely to reduce support for extremism.," 7 Apr. 2018 Thankfully, the owner won't have to memorize those as well. Eric Adams, WIRED, "The Crazy, Complicated Engineering Inside Honda's New Clarity Hybrid," 27 Apr. 2018 The goal isn't to get them to memorize answers, but to equip them with strategies for doing well on the 12-minute, 50-question test that has stunningly little to do with mastering an NFL playbook. Liz Clarke,, "'Super agents' rep 75 percent of NFL players. It's a competitive fight to sign the rest.," 20 Apr. 2018 Drivers of the British capital’s iconic black cabs are predominantly white, and have to pass an exacting exam, known as the Knowledge, by memorizing thousands of city streets over the course of several years. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Uber Regains Its License to Operate in London, a Win for Its New C.E.O.," 26 June 2018 Girl recites aunt's phone number A consular official from El Salvador called the number the girl had memorized, which belonged to her aunt. Kaila White, azcentral, "Migrant girl first heard begging for help in viral recording is being held in Phoenix," 26 June 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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