[ mem-uh-rahyz ]
See synonyms for: memorizememorizedmemorizingmemorization on

verb (used with object),mem·o·rized, mem·o·riz·ing.
  1. to commit to memory; learn by heart: to memorize a poem.

verb (used without object),mem·o·rized, mem·o·riz·ing.
  1. to learn by heart: I've always been able to memorize easily.

Origin of memorize

First recorded in 1585–95; memor(y) + -ize
  • Also especially British, mem·o·rise .

Other words from memorize

  • mem·o·riz·a·ble, adjective
  • mem·o·ri·za·tion, noun
  • mem·o·riz·er, noun
  • re·mem·o·rize, verb (used with object), re·mem·o·rized, re·mem·o·riz·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use memorize in a sentence

  • A story or narrative is invented for the purpose of helping the student, as it is claimed, to memorise it.

    Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • In a similar manner, the pupil can memorise the three remaining stanzas.

    Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • If you memorise the Correlation, you will recall the Name whenever you think of this Peculiarity (whatever struck you about him).

    Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • Then, when the book is finished, go through and transcribe or memorise such passages as are thus marked.

    The Private Library | Arthur L. Humphreys
  • To some it is an easier method than the cards, there is less to memorise, or the crystal.

British Dictionary definitions for memorize



/ (ˈmɛməˌraɪz) /

  1. (tr) to commit to memory; learn so as to remember

Derived forms of memorize

  • memorizable or memorisable, adjective
  • memorization or memorisation, noun
  • memorizer or memoriser, noun

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