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verb (used with object), com·mem·o·rat·ed, com·mem·o·rat·ing.
  1. to serve as a memorial or reminder of: The monument commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
  2. to honor the memory of by some observance: to commemorate the dead by a moment of silence; to commemorate Bastille Day.
  3. to make honorable mention of.
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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
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Related Words for commemorate

observe, memorialize, remember, celebrate, salute, perpetuate, immortalize, keep, admire, solemnize, monumentalize, monument

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British Dictionary definitions for commemorate


  1. (tr) to honour or keep alive the memory of
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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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