[ kuh-mem-uh-reyt ]
See synonyms for: commemoratecommemoratedcommemorating on

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.

  1. to make honorable mention of.

Origin of commemorate

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

Other words from commemorate

  • com·mem·o·ra·ble, adjective
  • com·mem·o·ra·tor, noun
  • un·com·mem·o·rat·ed, adjective

Words Nearby commemorate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use commemorate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for commemorate


/ (kəˈmɛməˌreɪt) /

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

Origin of commemorate

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

Derived forms of commemorate

  • commemorative or commemoratory, adjective
  • commemoratively, adverb
  • commemorator, noun

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