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[mem-uh-rahyz] /ˈmɛm əˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), memorized, memorizing.
to commit to memory; learn by heart:
to memorize a poem.
verb (used without object), memorized, memorizing.
to learn by heart:
I've always been able to memorize easily.
Also, especially British, memorise.
Origin of memorize
1585-95; memor(y) + -ize
Related forms
memorizable, adjective
memorization, noun
memorizer, noun
rememorize, verb (used with object), rememorized, rememorizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for memorization
  • Most courses are so strongly geared towards rote memorization that critical thought can often be found lacking.
  • Unfortunately, both the researchers and the authors of the article have confused memorization of information with learning.
  • In a sane society, school and education would focus on teaching these concepts, rather than rote memorization and taking orders.
  • These typically focus on familiarization instead of memorization.
  • The methods were outdated and centered around rote memorization and translation.
  • School is boiled down to a process of memorization, regurgitation, and forgetting that information.
  • Both groups of teachers agree that memorization and understanding cannot be separated.
  • Students continued to use memorization despite its surface learning quality.
  • The former clearly separated memorization from abstraction.
  • Facility in multiplication involves both an understanding of the concepts and memorization of the facts.
British Dictionary definitions for memorization


(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

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



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

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