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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
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  • She paused a fraction of a second over one of the illustrations; in that time, she was able to memorize it.

    Earth Alert! Kris Neville
  • He scarcely ever looked into a book, except to memorize a passage.

  • It may be well for him, at the outset, to memorize the conclusion of the story.

  • The phrase "to learn without book" meant simply "to memorize."

    Shakespearean Playhouses Joseph Quincy Adams
  • But be sure to memorize toasts, sentiments, and titles absolutely.

    Toasts William Pittenger
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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