Commemorate definition

kə-mĕmə-rāt
To honor the memory of, as by a ceremony.
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To keep alive the memory of; serve as a memorial to.
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To honor the memory of (a person or event, for example), especially with a ceremony.
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The definition of commemorate means to have a ceremony or build a monument to honor a person or an event.

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an example of to commemorate.

Visiting the National September 11 Memorial is an example of to commemorate.

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To honour the memory of someone or something with a ceremony.
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To serve as a memorial to someone or something.
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To serve as a memorial to.

The statue commemorates the discovery of anesthesia.

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Origin of commemorate

  • Latin commemorāre commemorāt- to remind com- intensive pref. com– memorāre to remind (from memor mindful (s)mer-1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin commemorare, from com- + memorare to remind of (see memory).

    From Wiktionary