Definition of memorize in English:


(also memorise)


  • Commit to memory; learn by heart.

    ‘he memorized thousands of verses’
    • ‘We acquire tacit knowledge, we learn to speak without memorizing grammatical rules.’
    • ‘I just think that the focus needs to be more balanced between memorizing facts, and learning how to figure the facts out for yourself.’
    • ‘He studied the scene memorizing every little detail to look back on later.’
    • ‘By memorizing the words of others, they learned how to structure the elements of their own compositions.’
    • ‘The aim was to develop an internal model of the music to be studied, memorizing both the notes and the way those notes were performed.’
    • ‘Four other kids in my class and I had won a contest on memorizing the names of state capitols.’
    • ‘She dialed in his number, memorizing it by heart in case she ever needed a back-up buddy to brighten her day.’
    • ‘Lowell memorized the details of the technology and carried it back across the Atlantic.’
    • ‘I may not be able to remember the name but I have memorised the way back.’
    • ‘I knew all of the cartoons by heart and pretty much memorized the text, which was also excellent.’
    • ‘Now 21, she had to study a new Concerto by Jean Absil, and with the aid of Emil Gilels playing the orchestral part she memorised the whole work by heart.’
    • ‘On top of this, the kids have to memorise five rhymes and learn the days of the week and the name of the months.’
    • ‘Compose fun rhymes, songs or raps to help them memorize study material and make homework fun.’
    • ‘If all we do is memorize a list of facts, learning history won't do us a lot of good.’
    • ‘Mental practice might be used while learning or memorizing a piece in preparation for performance.’
    • ‘Material is learned when the pupil memorizes it and can recite it.’
    • ‘The difference this time is that the student is shown the symbols and advised of their names and asked to learn and memorize them.’
    • ‘He learnt over 10,000 proverbs by memorising them as his father, S. Parasuraman, read out from various Tamil books.’
    • ‘His poems have been memorized and recited by ordinary people across his vast continent.’
    • ‘Even when he is at work after school, he studies spelling words or memorizes poems taped to his broom handle.’
    commit to memory, remember, retain, learn by heart, get by heart, learn off, learn, learn by rote, impress on the memory, study, become word-perfect in, get off pat
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