- to serve as a memorial or reminder of: The monument commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
- to honor the memory of by some observance: to commemorate the dead by a moment of silence; to commemorate Bastille Day.
- to make honorable mention of.
Origin of commemorate
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- (tr) to honour or keep alive the memory of
Word Origin for commemorate
C16: from Latin commemorāre be mindful of, from com- (intensive) + memorāre to remind, from memor mindful
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1590s, from Latin commemoratus, past participle of commemorare "bring to remembrance" (see commemoration). Related: Commemorated; commemorates; commemorating.
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