- Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an example of to commemorate.
- Visiting the National September 11 Memorial is an example of to commemorate.
transitive verb-·rat·ed, -·rat·ing
- to honor the memory of, as by a ceremony
- to keep alive the memory of; serve as a memorial to
Origin of commemoratefrom Classical Latin commemoratus, past participle of commemorare, to call to mind from com-, intensive + memorare, to remind: see memory
transitive verbcom·mem·o·rat·ed, com·mem·o·rat·ing, com·mem·o·rates
- To honor the memory of (a person or event, for example), especially with a ceremony. See Synonyms at observe.
- To serve as a memorial to: The statue commemorates the discovery of anesthesia.
Origin of commemorateLatin commemorāre commemorāt- to remind com- intensive pref. ; see com- . memorāre to remind ( from memor mindful ; see (s)mer-1 in Indo-European roots.)
(third-person singular simple present commemorates, present participle commemorating, simple past and past participle commemorated)
From Latin commemorare, from com- + memorare to remind of (see memory).