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

Other Words from memorize

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 Most midday trains will arrive in Chicago on the 10-minute mark, intended to make schedules easier to memorize and allow better connections with other lines, Metra said. Sarah Freishtat,, 7 Apr. 2022 Perhaps, your mistake in allowing Pearl’s obit to run has opened up an avenue for readers to further memorize their pet and create a new revenue stream for you. cleveland, 5 Mar. 2022 This ability to read, memorize and formulate appropriate responses is invaluable as an entrepreneur. John Shufeldt, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 There is the play book with basic strategies that the players memorize. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Mar. 2022 Boston Cecilia music director Michael Barrett says the piece demands a new way of working for the renowned chorus’s singers, who in addition to singing while masked must memorize much of the complex, complicated score involving 17 individual parts., 7 Oct. 2021 Drew Seigla, who plays opposite Mason as her love interest, the political agitator Pertshik, had two and a half weeks to memorize the role. Leigh Scheps, CBS News, 20 Mar. 2019 You’ll be given a code—write it down or memorize it. Erik Kain, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 The Union of Archaeologists of Ukraine issued instructions advising everybody who comes across an archeological site to memorize the location, mark it on a map, and leave it for further study and excavation after the war. Andrey Kurkov, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of memorize

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Memorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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