AskDefine | Define commemorate

Dictionary Definition

commemorate

Verb

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]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

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

Verb

  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.

Translations

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

Derived terms

Italian

Verb

commemorate
  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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