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com·mem·o·rate

commemorate

 
 
pronunciation:
k me m reIt
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: commemorates, commemorating, commemorated
definition 1: to serve as a reminder of or memorial to.
This museum commemorates the victims of the Holocaust.
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
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (v.)commemorate annually, officially
(v.)commemorate + nounHelp accomplishment, achievement, adventure, anniversary, battle, birth, birthday, bombing, centenary, comrade, contribution, coronation, crucifixion, death, dedication, defeat, destruction, disaster, encounter, event, feat, founder, founding, friendship, heritage, hero, inauguration, incident, independence, invasion, killing, landing, legacy, liberation, major, martyr, martyrdom, massacre, milestone, millennium, miracle, occasion, opening, passing, patron, pope, pueblo, railroad, resurrection, revolution, riot, sacrifice, settlement, siege, slavery, spot, temple, tragedy, trail, triumph, underground, uprising, veteran, victim, victory, visit, voyage, wedding [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivation: commemorator (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
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).