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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
First recorded in 1585-95; memor(y) + -ize
Related forms
memorizable, adjective
memorization, noun
memorizer, noun
rememorize, verb (used with object), rememorized, rememorizing. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for memorise
Historical Examples
  • To some it is an easier method than the cards, there is less to memorise, or the crystal.

  • There followed a tongue-twisting sentence, which I tried to memorise.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • "Horatius at the Bridge" is too long a poem for children to memorise.

  • He can memorise at sight all the revolting contents of a swill-tub.

  • It is necessary that the sharp who practises it should be able to memorise instantly as many cards as possible.

    Sharps and Flats John Nevil Maskelyne
  • Three times I reread the message in order to memorise it, then I burnt it to ashes.

  • I read it over, over and over again to memorise every word of the letter, and it was a glad toil.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • A story or narrative is invented for the purpose of helping the student, as it is claimed, to memorise it.

    Assimilative Memory Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • In a similar manner, the pupil can memorise the three remaining stanzas.

    Assimilative Memory Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • If you memorise the Correlation, you will recall the Name whenever you think of this Peculiarity (whatever struck you about him).

    Assimilative Memory Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
British Dictionary definitions for memorise


(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 memorise

chiefly British English spelling of memorize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Memorialised; memorialising.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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