AskDefine | Define commemorate

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1 mark by some ceremony or observation; "We marked the anniversary of his death" [syn: mark]
2 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" [syn: remember]
3 be or provide a memorial to a person or an event; "This sculpture commemorates the victims of the concentration camps"; "We memorialized the Dead" [syn: memorialize, memorialise, immortalize, immortalise, record]

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


  1. To honour the memory of someone or something with a ceremony.
    • On November 11th we commemorate the fallen with a march.
  2. To serve as a memorial to someone or something.
    • The cenotaph commemorates the fallen.


to honor the memory of someone or something
to serve as memorial to someone or something

Derived terms



  1. Form of Second-person plural imperative, commemorare#Italian|commemorare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

beat the drum, blow the trumpet, celebrate, consecrate, dedicate, dress ship, fire a salute, hallow, hold jubilee, honor, immortalize, jubilate, jubilize, keep, maffick, make merry, mark, memorialize, monument, monumentalize, observe, remember, revere, reverence, salute, sanctify, signalize, solemnize, solemnly mark, sound a fanfare, venerate
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