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verb (used with object), mem·o·rized, mem·o·riz·ing.
  1. to commit to memory; learn by heart: to memorize a poem.
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verb (used without object), mem·o·rized, mem·o·riz·ing.
  1. to learn by heart: I've always been able to memorize easily.
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Also especially British, mem·o·rise.

Origin of memorize

First recorded in 1585–95; memor(y) + -ize
Related formsmem·o·riz·a·ble, adjectivemem·o·ri·za·tion, nounmem·o·riz·er, nounre·mem·o·rize, verb (used with object), re·mem·o·rized, re·mem·o·riz·ing.
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Related Words for memorization

thought, remembrance, recollection, mind, consciousness, reflection, mindfulness, recall, awareness, reminiscence, cognizance, recapture, flashback, recognition, retention, retrospection, anamnesis, subconsciousness, memorization, repetition

Examples from the Web for memorization

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Historical Examples of memorization

  • Memorization should be conducted as shown in Stanza I, above.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature

    Ontario Ministry of Education

  • Learning language is not reducible to the memorization of expressions.

  • Complete the memorization by this same process of careful re-reading.

  • If you were teaching a poem of four stanzas, would you use the method of memorization by wholes or by parts?

    How to Teach

    George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy

  • What advantage has the method of concentration over the method of repetition in memorization?

    How to Teach

    George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for memorization



  1. (tr) to commit to memory; learn so as to remember
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Derived Formsmemorizable or memorisable, adjectivememorization or memorisation, nounmemorizer or memoriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for memorization


1823 "memorialization," 1857 as "action of committing to memory;" noun of action from memorize (v.).

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1590s, "commit to writing;" see memory + -ize. The meaning "commit to memory" is from 1838. Related: Memorized; memorizing.

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