View synonyms for memorize


[ mem-uh-rahyz ]

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.


/ ˈmɛməˌraɪz /


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

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Derived Forms

  • ˈmemoˌrizer, noun
  • ˌmemoriˈzation, noun
  • ˈmemoˌrizable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • 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) rememorized rememorizing

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Word History and Origins

Origin of memorize1

First recorded in 1585–95; memor(y) + -ize

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Example Sentences

For somebody who’s born blind, that whole area is used for completely different things—touch, hearing, memorizing vocabulary words, and so on.

In ancient Rome, slaves were trained to memorize the names of voters who might be persuaded to vote for their master, so that he could find and greet them personally.

Schools tend to focus on covering lots of topics and memorizing countless facts.

The brain wants to spend as little energy as possible so if it’s something already known, it’s easier to identify and memorize.

London taxi drivers are required to memorize “the Knowledge” – the complex routes, roads and landmarks of their city.

“Five of them would attend a show and each one would memorize a certain part of a garment,” said Elia.

People think history is a bunch of facts and dates that you memorize.

Memorize and spread this mantra: The War on Drugs Is What Makes Thugs.

I love to read poetry and try to memorize poetry on my hiatus so that I keep my memorization skills going.

You had to memorize something and stand stock still with your hands behind your voice and just boom out in front of 500 people.

The reader should memorize it so that it may be used without referring to the book.

I am often asked how to memorize, for instance—or the best means for doing this; another psychological process.

The ability to memorize ideas expressed in notes grows with use, just as any other aptitude grows with continued effort.

You remember the stories you memorize and the card tricks you study and that little piece on the piano—how does it go?

Well, it cost me a good deal of trouble to memorize them; still, I'd be glad to let them go cheap and be rid of them.


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