January 20, 2020
commemorate (verb)
\kuh-MEM-ohr-ate\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to call or recall to mind2 : to serve as a memorial of
How do you use it?
To commemorate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., my class collected canned goods and donated them to our local food bank.
Are you a word wiz?

Like many English words, "commemorate" derives from Latin. Which of the Latin words below do you think is the root of "commemorate"?

To commemorate is to be mindful of things past (that is, to remember and even celebrate them), and thinking about the definition of "commemorate" might have helped you recognize C as the correct answer. You might also want to be mindful of the fact that the Latin root "memor" is also an ancestor of two other words related to recalling things past, "memory" and "remember."
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