Definition of commemorate in English:


Syllabification: com·mem·o·rate
Pronunciation: /kəˈmeməˌrāt


[with object]
1Recall and show respect for (someone or something) in a ceremony: a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the war dead
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  • I have laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Belfast to commemorate the British war dead.
  • In subsequent years, the hour and day was set aside to commemorate the war dead of the Allied nations.
  • So he argued against the rich being able to commemorate their war dead with ornate personal graves.
1.1Serve as a memorial to: a stone commemorating a boy who died at sea
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  • The Menin Gate Memorial commemorates more than 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in there during World War One and have no known grave.
  • They are determined to set up a memorial stone to commemorate the 28 Irishmen that were killed in Korea.
  • The town council expressed little interest, indicating that a memorial should commemorate all those who fell in the war.
1.2Celebrate (an event, a person, or a situation) by doing or building something: it was a night commemorated in a song
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  • I danced into the morning to celebrate the coming-of-age of young men and fell asleep in a dark hut while marriages and deaths were commemorated in song.
  • I was born In The Summer Of '69, and a song was written to commemorate the occasion.
  • He was awarded the Trinity Cross in 1978, his portrait adorned two postage stamps and six calypso songs were penned to commemorate his triumph.
celebrate, pay tribute to, pay homage to, honor, salute, toast;
remember, recognize, acknowledge, observe, mark


late 16th century: from Latin commemorat- 'brought to remembrance', from the verb commemorare, from com- 'altogether' + memorare 'relate' (from memor 'mindful').



Pronunciation: /-ˌrātər/
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  • She left me her journals and memories and pictures, and in 1980 I was not so much hung up as I was a commemorator and an appreciator.
  • Its aim is to both inspire curious Poles and challenge the thousands of yearly commemorators at the concentration camps in Galician Poland.
  • And even while the commemorators shared many ideas about civilization and progress, they followed their ideas of civilization and progress to widely divergent conclusions.

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