from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To honor the memory of with a ceremony. See Synonyms at observe.
- transitive v. To serve as a memorial to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To honour the memory of someone or something with a ceremony.
- v. To serve as a memorial to someone or something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To preserve the memory of by a solemn act; celebrate with honor and solemnity; honor, as a person or an event, by some act of respect or affection, intended to keep him or it in memory.
- To serve as a memento or remembrancer of; perpetuate or celebrate the memory of: as, a monument commemorating a great battle; a book commemorating the services of a philanthropist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be or provide a memorial to a person or an event
- v. call to remembrance; keep alive the memory of someone or something, as in a ceremony
- v. mark by some ceremony or observation
Latin commemorāre, commemorāt-, to remind : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + memorāre, to remind (from memor, mindful; see (s)mer-1 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin commemorare, from com- + memorare to remind of (see memory). (Wiktionary)