Definition of memorize in English:

memorize

(also memorise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Commit to memory; learn by heart.

    ‘he memorized thousands of verses’
    • ‘By memorizing the words of others, they learned how to structure the elements of their own compositions.’
    • ‘Compose fun rhymes, songs or raps to help them memorize study material and make homework fun.’
    • ‘He learnt over 10,000 proverbs by memorising them as his father, S. Parasuraman, read out from various Tamil books.’
    • ‘He studied the scene memorizing every little detail to look back on later.’
    • ‘I may not be able to remember the name but I have memorised the way back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lowell memorized the details of the technology and carried it back across the Atlantic.’
    • ‘Even when he is at work after school, he studies spelling words or memorizes poems taped to his broom handle.’
    • ‘His poems have been memorized and recited by ordinary people across his vast continent.’
    • ‘If all we do is memorize a list of facts, learning history won't do us a lot of good.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The difference this time is that the student is shown the symbols and advised of their names and asked to learn and memorize them.’
    • ‘We acquire tacit knowledge, we learn to speak without memorizing grammatical rules.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I knew all of the cartoons by heart and pretty much memorized the text, which was also excellent.’
    • ‘Four other kids in my class and I had won a contest on memorizing the names of state capitols.’
    • ‘On top of this, the kids have to memorise five rhymes and learn the days of the week and the name of the months.’
    • ‘I just think that the focus needs to be more balanced between memorizing facts, and learning how to figure the facts out for yourself.’
    • ‘She dialed in his number, memorizing it by heart in case she ever needed a back-up buddy to brighten her day.’
    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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Pronunciation

memorize

/ˈmɛmərʌɪz/