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1 to be a memorial of
  • a stone obelisk commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill

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2 to mark with an appropriate practice, rite, or ceremony
  • let's commemorate Martin Luther King Day with readings of some of Dr. King's speeches

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keep, observe, celebrate, commemorate mean to notice or honor a day, occasion, or deed. keep stresses the idea of not neglecting or violating. kept the Sabbath by refraining from work observe suggests marking the occasion by ceremonious performance. not all holidays are observed nationally celebrate suggests acknowledging an occasion by festivity. traditionally celebrates Thanksgiving with a huge dinner commemorate suggests that an occasion is marked by observances that remind one of the origin and significance of the event. commemorate Memorial Day with the laying of wreaths

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The first known use of commemorate was in 1599

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“Commemorate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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