memorize

[ mem-uh-rahyz ]
/ ˈmɛm əˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), mem·o·rized, mem·o·riz·ing.

to commit to memory; learn by heart: to memorize a poem.

verb (used without object), mem·o·rized, mem·o·riz·ing.

to learn by heart: I've always been able to memorize easily.

Nearby words

  1. memorious,
  2. memorise,
  3. memorist,
  4. memoriter,
  5. memorization,
  6. memory,
  7. memory bank,
  8. memory card,
  9. memory cell,
  10. memory engram

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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British Dictionary definitions for memorization

memorize

memorise

/ (ˈmɛməˌraɪz) /

verb

(tr) to commit to memory; learn so as to remember
Derived Formsmemorizable or memorisable, adjectivememorization or memorisation, nounmemorizer or memoriser, noun

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