• WordNet 3.6
    • v commemorate call to remembrance; keep alive the memory of someone or something, as in a ceremony "We remembered the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz","Remember the dead of the First World War"
    • v commemorate be or provide a memorial to a person or an event "This sculpture commemorates the victims of the concentration camps","We memorialized the Dead"
    • v commemorate mark by some ceremony or observation "The citizens mark the anniversary of the revolution with a march and a parade"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Japan, by the time man reaches the age of 60, he is commemorated with a special ceremony. This ceremony features the man wearing a red kimono, which denotes that he no longer has the responsibilities of being a mature adult
    • v. t Commemorate 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; as, to commemorate the sufferings and dying love of our Savior by the sacrament of the Lord's Supper; to commemorate the Declaration of Independence by the observance of the Fourth of July. "We are called upon to commemorate a revolution."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The daughter of confectioner Leo Hirschfield is commemorated in the name of the sweet he invented: Although his daughter's real name was Clara, she went by the nickname Tootsie, and in her honor, her doting father named his chewy chocolate logs Tootsie Rolls.
    • commemorate 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.
    • commemorate 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. Synonyms Observe, Solemnize, etc. See celebrate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first series of commemorative stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service depicted Columbus's discovery of America. They were issued in 1893 and available in 16 denominations ranging from one cent to $5.
    • v.t Commemorate kom-em′o-rāt to call to remembrance by a solemn or public act: to celebrate: to preserve the memory of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. commemoratus, p. p. of commemorare, to remember; com-, + memorare, to mention, fr. memor, mindful. See Memory
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. commemoratus, pa.p. of commemorāre, to remember—com, inten., and memor, mindful.


In literature:

To commemorate this happy event, they have raised this flag bearing his name.
"A Source Book Of Australian History" by Compiled by Gwendolen H. Swinburne
I was on'y habin' a brief conv'sation wid a member ob de insect wurld in commemoration ob de purfesser.
"Blown to Bits" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
The sculptures on sati pillars often commemorate the mode of death of the husband.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
A famous feast it was, and worthy of commemoration.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Thus the Angami of the present day in Assam set up stones in commemoration of their village feasts.
"Rough Stone Monuments and Their Builders" by T. Eric Peet
Here were columns and arches to commemorate the most egregious of all upstarts.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
The epoch was one of the deepest interest and the events well worthy of commemoration.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Grover Cleveland
They were unselfish public benefactors, and deserve this commemoration.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
The city has commemorated those heroes who died for their country, by a very appropriate monument in Union Park.
"Bay State Monthly, Volume I, No. 2, February, 1884" by Various
In May 1707 a solemn service was held at St Paul's to commemorate the Union.
"A Short History of Scotland" by Andrew Lang

In poetry:

"Commemorate, my sons, the day
Which gave great Anna birth;
Keep it for ever and for aye,
And annual be your mirth."
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
He needs no monument, no marble pile,
'Tis vain thus to commemorate a name
That must endure in noble grandeur while
His country lives,—the temple of his fame.
"Henry Clay" by James McCauley
Lord Dalhousie was a man worthy of all praise,
And to his memory I hope a monument the people will raise,
That will stand for many ages to came
To commemorate the good deeds he has done.
"The Death of Lord and Lady Dalhousie" by William Topaz McGonagall
And, in conclusion, I most earnestly pray,
That the people will erect a monument for him without delay,
To commemorate the good work he has done,
And his name in gold letters written thereon!
"Death and Burial of Lord Tennyson" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The Phillips Collection commemorates the innovative career of contemporary artist Jasper Johns with Variations on a Theme, an exhibit on display through September 9.
On Sunday, Aug 19 at 8 am Harpers Ferry National Historical Park invites the public to retrace the 1906 footsteps of the men and women of the Niagara Movement during a commemorative ranger guided walk to the 1906 site of the John Brown Fort.
Commemorating John Philip Sousa 's 150th.
In celebration, Early Times Kentucky Whisky continues its tradition with the release of the 2012 commemorative Kentucky Derby bottle.
Pakistan's interior minister said Friday that the government will suspend cell phone service in most parts of the country over the next two days to prevent attacks against Shiite Muslims during a key religious commemoration.
Time to kill off commemoratives.
Sunday events at Penn Cove, Lime Kiln commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Penn Cove orca captures.
This book cover is from a commemorative reprint of the 1611 King more.
Members of SACReD – the Santa Ana Collaborative for Responsible Development gathered for a commemorative photo after a June meeting with city officials.
A new name was added to a commemorative wall at the Edinburg City Library that honors fallen soldiers.
Today, Christians around the world commemorate Maundy Thursday — no, not Monday Thursday, which would be an interesting concept: society could work Monday through Thursday, with Fridays off.
Commemorative 'ACL' Bonnie Raitt poster by Austin's Billy Perkins.
Norfolk-based guided missile destroyer USS Cole commemorated the 12th anniversary of an al-Qaida suicide mission that killed 17 Sailors and injured 37 others.
Canadian Foundation for Creative Development and Innovation will install bronze memorial stones to commemorate murdered and missing women from the Downtown Eastside, most of whom were believed victims of Robert Pickton.
The Cunningham company gave its first posthumous performance last year in Rockefeller Park, in Battery Park City, and that's where the River to River Festival observed his death this year by presenting a commemorative performance call...

In science:

ABR] Altınok, S., Brown, G. and Reid, M., Fano 3-folds, K 3 surfaces and graded ring, in Topology and geometry: commemorating SISTAG, Contemp.
Type II Unprojection
Supplement of the Progress of Theoretical Physics, Commemoration Issue for 30th Anniversary of Meson Theory by Dr. H.
About Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in the Field Theory with Fundamental Mass
We chose this name to commemorate the fact that the work was done in New Zealand.
Natural Halting Probabilities, Partial Randomness, and Zeta Functions
Publications of RIMS commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences).
A generalized Cartan decomposition for the double coset space U(n_1) x U(n_2) x U(n_3)) U(n) / U(p) x U(q)
ABR] Altınok, S., Brown, G. and Reid, M., Fano 3-folds, K 3 surfaces and graded ring, in Topology and geometry: commemorating SISTAG, Contemp.
Towards a general theory of unprojection