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[kuh-mem-uh-reyt] /kəˈmɛm əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), commemorated, commemorating.
to serve as a memorial or reminder of:
The monument commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
to honor the memory of by some observance:
to commemorate the dead by a moment of silence; to commemorate Bastille Day.
to make honorable mention of.
Origin of commemorate
1590-1600; < Latin commemorātus (past participle of commemorāre) to recall, put on record, equivalent to com- com- + memor mindful + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
commemorable, adjective
commemorator, noun
uncommemorated, adjective Unabridged
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  • The head of this boar hangs on our walls to commemorate an event we are not likely to forget.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • To commemorate their victory, the Portuguese had resolved, we found, on building a city.

    Villegagnon W.H.G. Kingston
  • Another family which bears an augmentation to commemorate King Charles' escape is Whitgreave.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • To commemorate his escape, he named the place Providence Island.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • We were informed by the priest that these tunnels were to commemorate the Catacombs of Rome at the time of the early Christians.

    The Demands of Rome Elizabeth Schoffen
British Dictionary definitions for commemorate


(transitive) to honour or keep alive the memory of
Derived Forms
commemorative, commemoratory, adjective
commemoratively, adverb
commemorator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin commemorāre be mindful of, from com- (intensive) + memorāre to remind, from memor mindful
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Word Origin and History for commemorate

1590s, from Latin commemoratus, past participle of commemorare "bring to remembrance" (see commemoration). Related: Commemorated; commemorates; commemorating.

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