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commemorate (v.)

1590s, "call to remembrance," from Latin commemoratus, past participle of commemorare "bring to remembrance," from com-, here perhaps an intensive prefix (see com-), + memorare "to remind," from memor "mindful of" (from PIE root *(s)mer- (1) "to remember").

Meaning "perpetuate the memory of" (by solemn act, etc.) is from 1630s. Of things, "to serve as a memento of, to perpetuate the memory of," 1766. Related: Commemorated; commemorates; commemorating.

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Definitions of commemorate

commemorate (v.)
celebrate by some ceremony or observation;
Synonyms: mark
commemorate (v.)
call to remembrance; keep alive the memory of someone or something, as in a ceremony;
Synonyms: remember
commemorate (v.)
be or provide a memorial to a person or an event;
This sculpture commemorates the victims of the concentration camps
Synonyms: memorialize / memorialise / immortalize / immortalise
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