Synonyms & Antonyms of commemorate

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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How is the word commemorate different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of commemorate are celebrate, keep, and observe. While all these words mean "to notice or honor a day, occasion, or deed," 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

When could celebrate be used to replace commemorate?

The words celebrate and commemorate can be used in similar contexts, but celebrate suggests acknowledging an occasion by festivity.

traditionally celebrates Thanksgiving with a huge dinner

In what contexts can keep take the place of commemorate?

In some situations, the words keep and commemorate are roughly equivalent. However, keep stresses the idea of not neglecting or violating.

kept the Sabbath by refraining from work

When might observe be a better fit than commemorate?

The words observe and commemorate are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, observe suggests marking the occasion by ceremonious performance.

not all holidays are observed nationally

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The first known use of commemorate was in 1599

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“Commemorate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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