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commemorate

com·mem·o·rate

commemorate

 
pronunciation:
k me m reIt
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Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: commemorated, commemorates, commemorating
definition 1: to serve as a reminder of or memorial to.
synonyms:
celebrate, memorialize
similar words:
honor, observe
definition 2: to honor the memory of with some special token or ceremony.
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a postage stamp that commemorates Mother Teresa's birthday.
synonyms:
celebrate, memorialize
similar words:
honor, observe
derivation: commemorator (n.)
Word Parts
The word commemorate contains the following parts:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the m' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."
synonyms:
syn-
 
memor, member, membr Latin root that means memory
synonyms:
mne, mnes, mnest
 
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).