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commemorate definition


This page has 6 definitions of commemorate in English, Italian, and Latin. Commemorate is a verb. Examples of how to use commemorate in a sentence are shown. Also define these 8 related words and terms: honour, memory, ceremony, object, serve, commemorare, commemorato, and commemoro.

English commemorate definition


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


  • IPA(key): /kəˈmɛməˌɹeɪt/


commemorate (third-person singular simple present commemorates, present participle commemorating, simple past and past participle commemorated)

  1. (transitive) To honour the memory of someone or something with a ceremony or object.
    On November 11th we commemorate the fallen with a march.
    • 2009, Naava Piatka, No Goodbyes: A Father-Daughter Memoir of Love, War and Resurrection, page 98:
      On the anniversary of Korczak's murder, Israel commemorated him with a special postal issue. As a stamp collector and philatelic columnist, it pleased me greatly when other countries followed Israel's example in honoring him.
  2. (transitive) To serve as a memorial to someone or something.
    The cenotaph commemorates the fallen.


Derived terms


Italian commemorate definition



  1. second-person plural present indicative of commemorare
  2. second-person plural imperative of commemorare
  3. feminine plural of commemorato
    • Commemorato definition
      past participle of commemorare

Latin commemorate definition



  1. second-person plural present active imperative of commemorō
    • Commemoro definition
      first-person singular present indicative form of commemorar