- to commit to memory; learn by heart: to memorize a poem.
- to learn by heart: I've always been able to memorize easily.
Also especially British, mem·o·rise.
Origin of memorize
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Examples from the Web for memorization
I love to read poetry and try to memorize poetry on my hiatus so that I keep my memorization skills going.‘The Good Wife’s Christine Baranski on Life After Will Gardner’s Death
April 21, 2014
In schools, we teach to the test, with much of the focus on memorization of answers.Warren Berger Tells How to Ask a ‘Beautiful Question’
March 8, 2014
A timeless fairytale of true love and magical transformation would be reduced to a boring exercise in memorization and obedience.China’s Schools Teaches Kids to Take Tests, Obey the State, and Not Much More
November 30, 2013
Memorization was an art that could be honed using geometric patterns, imaginary structures and landscapes.
They honored extraordinary acts of memorization, just as they honored extraordinary feats in battle, and Cicero excelled at this.
Memorization should be conducted as shown in Stanza I, above.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature
Ontario Ministry of Education
Learning language is not reducible to the memorization of expressions.The Civilization of Illiteracy
Complete the memorization by this same process of careful re-reading.Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year
What advantage has the method of concentration over the method of repetition in memorization?
If you were teaching a poem of four stanzas, would you use the method of memorization by wholes or by parts?
- (tr) to commit to memory; learn so as to remember
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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.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper