What does commemorate mean?

Definitions for commemorate
kəˈmɛm əˌreɪtcom·mem·o·rate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. commemorate, markverb

    mark by some ceremony or observation

    "The citizens mark the anniversary of the revolution with a march and a parade"

  2. commemorate, rememberverb

    call to remembrance; keep alive the memory of someone or something, as in a ceremony

    "We remembered the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz"; "Remember the dead of the First World War"

  3. commemorate, memorialize, memorialise, immortalize, immortalise, recordverb

    be or provide a memorial to a person or an event

    "This sculpture commemorates the victims of the concentration camps"; "We memorialized the Dead"


  1. commemorateverb

    To honour the memory of someone or something with a ceremony.

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

  2. commemorateverb

    To serve as a memorial to someone or something.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commemorateverb

    to call to remembrance by a special act or observance; to celebrate with honor and solemnity; to honor, as a person or event, by some act of respect or affection, intended to preserve the remembrance of the person or event; as, to commemorate the sufferings and dying love of our Savior by the sacrament of the Lord's Supper; to commemorate the Declaration of Independence by the observance of the Fourth of July

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Commemorate

    kom-em′o-rāt, v.t. to call to remembrance by a solemn or public act: to celebrate: to preserve the memory of.—adj. Commem′orable.—n. Commemorā′tion, preserving the memory of some person or thing by a solemn ceremony: the specification of individual saints in the prayers for the dead: the great festival of the Oxford academic year, usually taking place on the third Wednesday after Trinity Sunday.—adjs. Commem′orative, Commem′oratory, tending or serving to commemorate.—n. Commem′orator. [L. commemoratus, pa.p. of commemorāre, to remember—com, inten., and memor, mindful.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of commemorate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of commemorate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of commemorate in a Sentence

  1. Katherine Cullen:

    We are likely to see people still wanting to commemorate Easter in some way.

  2. Beth Costa:

    Realistically, due to statewide COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be able to have large groups of people indoors by the first weekend of March to hold our annual Barrel Tasting event, however, we still wanted to commemorate the weekend that has been a 44-year tradition in Sonoma County by having our member wineries unite to offer visitors something special – in this case – rare library wines.

  3. Gus Papathanasiou:

    Officer Sicknick died because Officer Sicknick put the lives of Members of Congress and their staff before Officer Sicknick own safety -- Officer Sicknick did Officer Sicknick duty, we should commemorate Officer Sicknick life and service with respect and dignity.

  4. Poland Janusz Urbanski:

    I wanted to make a big boat to commemorate her, maybe this is the biggest ship made from match sticks.

  5. Wang Yi:

    Our goal is to remember history, commemorate the martyrs, cherish peace and look to the future, we will extend the invitation to the leaders of all relevant countries and international organizations. No matter who it is, as long as they come in sincerity, we welcome them.

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