- 1Recall and show respect for (someone or something): a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the war dead a stone commemorating a boy who died at seaMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Mark or celebrate (an event or person) by doing or producing something: the victory was commemorated in songsMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.
late 16th century: from Latin commemorat- 'brought to remembrance', from the verb commemorare, from com- 'altogether' + memorare 'relate' (from memor 'mindful').