[ kuh-mem-uh-reyt ]
/ kəˈmɛm əˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), com·mem·o·rat·ed, com·mem·o·rat·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. comme ci, comme ça,
  2. comme il faut,
  3. commeasurable,
  4. commeasure,
  5. commedia dell'arte,
  6. commemoration,
  7. commemorative,
  8. commemoratory,
  9. commen,
  10. commence

Origin of commemorate

1590–1600; < Latin commemorātus (past participle of commemorāre) to recall, put on record, equivalent to com- com- + memor mindful + -ātus -ate1

Related formscom·mem·o·ra·ble, adjectivecom·mem·o·ra·tor, nounun·com·mem·o·rat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for commemorate


/ (kəˈmɛməˌreɪt) /


(tr) to honour or keep alive the memory of
Derived Formscommemorative or commemoratory, adjectivecommemoratively, adverbcommemorator, noun

Word Origin for commemorate

C16: from Latin commemorāre be mindful of, from com- (intensive) + memorāre to remind, from memor mindful

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Word Origin and History for commemorate



1590s, from Latin commemoratus, past participle of commemorare "bring to remembrance" (see commemoration). Related: Commemorated; commemorates; commemorating.

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