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[kuh-mem-uh-reyt] /kəˈmɛm əˌreɪt/

verb (used with object), commemorated, commemorating.
to serve as a memorial or reminder of:
The monument commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
to honor the memory of by some observance:
to commemorate the dead by a moment of silence; to commemorate Bastille Day.
to make honorable mention of.
(transitive) to honour or keep alive the memory of

1590s, from Latin commemoratus, past participle of commemorare “bring to remembrance” (see commemoration). Related: Commemorated; commemorates; commemorating.


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