[ 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for rememorize



/ (ˈmɛməˌraɪz) /


(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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Word Origin and History for rememorize



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper