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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.
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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  • In addition, public history has already begun to play a prominent role in commemorating the war.
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  • And of course interest is high, now that we've begun commemorating the sesquicentennial anniversaries of the war's key events.
  • It was her job to mail special cards to members of the group, commemorating the anniversaries of their children's deaths.
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British Dictionary definitions for commemorating


(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 commemorating



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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