from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To commit to memory; learn by heart.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To store in memory: "Some programmable phones can now memorize up to 100 numbers” ( Time).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to learn by heart, commit to memory

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cause to be remembered ; hence, to record.
  • transitive v. To commit to memory; to learn by heart.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause to be remembered; make memorable; perpetuate the memory of, as by writing or inscription.
  • To keep in memory; hold in lasting remembrance; have always in mind.
  • To commit to memory; learn by heart.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. commit to memory; learn by heart


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  • One of us made the important point that the word 'memorize' may mean different things to different people, and different things in different contexts, which slowly got me thinking about how we can be more clear.

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