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memorize

or (especially British) memorise

[mem-uh-rahyz] /ˈmɛm əˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), memorized, memorizing.
1.
to commit to memory; learn by heart:
to memorize a poem.
verb (used without object), memorized, memorizing.
2.
to learn by heart:
I've always been able to memorize easily.
Origin of memorize
1585-1595
1585-95; memor(y) + -ize
Related forms
memorizable, adjective
memorization, noun
memorizer, noun
rememorize, verb (used with object), rememorized, rememorizing.
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  • Then, one after another, their faces were shown in closeup, while Tortha Karf asked for close attention and memorization.

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  • memorization should be conducted as shown in Stanza I, above.

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  • Give the reasons why the method of recall is the best method of memorization.

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  • Complete the memorization by this same process of careful re-reading.

  • If you were teaching a poem of four stanzas, would you use the method of memorization by wholes or by parts?

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British Dictionary definitions for memorization

memorize

/ˈmɛməˌraɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to commit to memory; learn so as to remember
Derived Forms
memorizable, memorisable, adjective
memorization, memorisation, noun
memorizer, memoriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for memorization
n.

1823 "memorialization," 1857 as "action of committing to memory;" noun of action from memorize (v.).

memorize

v.

1590s, "commit to writing;" see memory + -ize. The meaning "commit to memory" is from 1838. Related: Memorized; memorizing.

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