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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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  • Another helped users memorize the alphabet by placing the letters in a fixed sequence and giving them easy-to-remember names.
  • It is far easier to tell students to memorize something and vastly easier to test what they have memorized.
  • Ask them to memorize all or part of a whale call from their species.
  • The contest asked children nationwide to come up with an easy way to memorize this new celestial line-up.
  • Bees, the students wrote, could memorize and recall information such as nectar location.
  • It is much more important to teach the characteristics of each category of planet than to ask kids to memorize a bunch of names.
  • We had to memorize the branches of government, and that was fine.
  • And if you can't learn to read the recipes upside down, memorize them.
  • memorize these toppings for the pizza you are about to make: oregano, sausage, artichoke hearts.
  • Next time you have to memorize anything, let your recorder help.
British Dictionary definitions for memorize


(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 memorize

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

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