transitive verb (-rated; -rating) Etymology: Latin commemoratus, past participle of commemorare, from com- + memorare to remind of, from memor mindful — more at memory Date: 1599 1. to call to remembrance 2. to mark by some ceremony or observation ; observe <
commemorate an anniversary
3. to serve as a memorial of <
a plaque that commemorates the battle
Synonyms: see keepcommemorator noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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