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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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  • That's the time to have balanced accounts, gained traction, become the proper statue to commemorate one's proper life.
  • To commemorate the anniversary of these first flights, there is an annual celebration at the site.
  • We commemorate and look back at the goals and objectives of the sorority and fraternity.
  • It has been the custom in all civilized countries and ages to erect statues to commemorate the deeds and the virtues of the dead.
  • Now players have some hardware to commemorate their unbeaten season.
  • Cousy received the cake to commemorate his birthday.
  • It is a time to commemorate, consider, and reconsider.
  • To commemorate the food-rich holiday, we've compiled a few recipes to help you celebrate.
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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