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memorize

[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.
Also, especially British, memorise.
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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Examples from the Web for memorise
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  • 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)
  • He can memorise at sight all the revolting contents of a swill-tub.

  • "Horatius at the Bridge" is too long a poem for children to memorise.

  • Three times I reread the message in order to memorise it, then I burnt it to ashes.

  • In a similar manner, the pupil can memorise the three remaining stanzas.

    Assimilative Memory Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • There followed a tongue-twisting sentence, which I tried to memorise.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • Then, when the book is finished, go through and transcribe or memorise such passages as are thus marked.

    The Private Library Arthur L. Humphreys
British Dictionary definitions for memorise

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 memorise
v.

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

memorize

v.

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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